Roll out of coronavirus contact tracing app delayed in Ontario  

COVID-19 contact tracing app launching nationwide
ABOVE: COVID-19 contact tracing app launching nationwide.

A new mobile app meant to help with contact tracing of COVID-19 cases won’t roll out across Ontario Thursday as planned.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health says the province is still working with the federal government and the app is expected to launch soon.

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The province will be the first to use the COVID Alert app, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said it should be ready for downloading in the rest of the country later this summer.

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Premier Doug Ford says the app is meant to enhance the province’s contact tracing strategy.

Coronavirus: Ontario to pilot new COVID-19 contact tracing app
Coronavirus: Ontario to pilot new COVID-19 contact tracing app

He’s previously said it could play a key role in helping contain the spread of COVID-19 as more businesses reopen their doors.

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The app will be voluntary, and will notify users based on a number of criteria, including if they were within two metres of a person who tests positive for the virus and if that contact took place over an extended period of time.

The province didn’t give a new date for the app’s launch.