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5 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa Thursday

The region is now up to 82 confirmed cases of the respiratory illness. Health officials say thousands more are likely undiagnosed.

Health officials say there are thousands more undiagnosed

A discarded medical-style glove outside an Ottawa grocery store March 25, 2020. (Francis Ferland/CBC)

Health officials said there are five new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa and three more confirmed or probable cases in western Quebec Thursday.

The new cases in Ottawa are:

  • Two men in their 60s who had been to Spain. One is in hospital, the other is self-isolating.
  • A woman in her 60s who had been to Egypt and Dubai, and is in hospital.
  • A woman in her 40s who is self-isolating. Officials don't know where she got it.
  • A woman in her 70s who had been in close contact with another confirmed case and is self-isolating.

Details were not immediately available on the new cases in western Quebec.

This brings the total to 66 in eastern Ontario, including 32 in Ottawa and 13 still in quarantine at CFB Trenton. There are another 16 in western Quebec.

Ottawa Public Health is reporting 51 confirmed cases, but that figure includes "indeterminate" cases that the province doesn't include in its daily tally.

Ontario is up to 858 confirmed cases, with 15 deaths related to COVID-19.

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That jump of 170 confirmed cases in a day is a new high.

Quebec has 1,629 confirmed and probable cases, with eight related deaths.

Ottawa's top doctor has said there could be thousands of people who have the coronavirus in the city and don't know it, which is why it's important to stay home as much as possible.

Vera Etches said earlier this week the current numbers are about two weeks old and the city could peak at up to 4,000 new cases a day in a worst-case scenario.

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