Second case of coronavirus in Ottawa
OTTAWA -- Ottawa has recorded a second case of coronavirus, public health officials said Thursday.
The confirmed case is a woman in her 40s who recently travelled to Italy.
"The individual is currently in self-isolation at home with mild symptoms," Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches said in a statement. "The individual was not symptomatic during her flight and is not considered a risk to other passengers."
The woman has had no close contacts since returning from Italy, Etches said. She attended the Queensway Carleton Hospital.
Italy is the European country hardest hit by the virus. It has the largest number of COVID-19 cases outside of China.
Officials there said Thursday that the death toll had jumped in the last 24 hours by 189 to 1,016, an increase of 23 per cent.
The total number of cases in Italy has surpassed 15,000.
- Coronavirus newsletter sign-up: Get The COVID-19 Brief sent to your inbox
- Sign up for CTV News Ottawa breaking news alerts delivered directly to your email inbox
Officials in Ottawa say the new case is unrelated to the capital's first case, which was confirmed on Wednesday.
In that case, a man in his 40s travelled to Austria and experienced mild symptoms upon his return. He is self-isolating at home.
Seventeen new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Ontario, bringing the total to 59 including five people who have recovered.