Toronto sees 438 new COVID-19 cases after 2 days of record highs

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Toronto saw 438 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, after two earlier consecutive days of record highs.

The city saw 761 new confirmed cases of the virus on Tuesday and 643 cases on Monday.

As of Wednesday, there are also 235 people in hospital as a result of the virus with 51 in intensive care in the city.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa was not present at the news conference due to a death in her family, Mayor John Tory said. De Villa did speak on CBC's Metro Morning Wednesday morning.

At Wednesday's news conference, fire chief Matthew Pegg, who is leading Toronto's preparedness and response to COVID-19, said 49 outdoor ice rinks have now opened. Spaces can be booked online, with limited walk-on spots for those who can't book ahead. A maximum of 25 people are allowed on the ice.

Officials were also asked about a Toronto Star report that revealed the owner of Adamson BBQ operated his Leaside-area restaurant for years without a business licence. Pegg said owner Adam Skelly was ticketed three times but that it is up to the court to decide on penalties.

Carleton Grant, the head of the city's municipal licensing and standards division, added it was "disappointing" that Skelly has been flouting the law and added the city is working to bring him into compliance.

The news conference comes as Ontario reported another 1,723 cases of COVID-19 and 35 more deaths linked to the illness Wednesday.