Ottawa has its first confirmed case of COVID-19

As the World Health Organization declares the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, Ottawa has confirmed its first case of the novel corona virus.

According to officials, the man in his 40s contracted the virus while travelling in Austria.

Ontario’s Ministry of Health did not provide any information about when the man returned to Ottawa.

The man is currently self-isolating, the ministry says.

There are currently 182 confirmed cases of the virus in Austria, according to the World Health Organization.

Last week, the city’s medical officer of health, Dr. Vera Etches, warned it would only be a matter of time before the respiratory illness arrived in Ottawa.

Ottawa Public Health plans to provide an update on the local situation later Wednesday, and the Ministry of Health will hold a news conference at 2 p.m.

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