UPDATED: Canada will soon begin testing a COVID-19 contact tracing app. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the application will be rolled out nationally once tests wrap up in Ontario bit.ly/2N81zL8 #cdnpoli.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says testing of a new contact tracing app will first be done in Ontario before the application is rolled out nationally.
Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 can anonymously upload their status to a national network that would notify other app users who have been in close contact with that person, Trudeau explains, adding use of the app is completely voluntary.
“I think the way to think about this app is actually in three different sections,” Trudeau says. “One is the national app that everyone can download that will be customized for each province, but it will be one app that, whether you download it and live in Ontario and travel to B.C. or travel to the Northwest Territories, if that becomes an option, it’ll work everywhere across the country.”
The second part, he explains, is the national database “of randomized codes associated with each smartphone that has this app,” that will divide the data into two parts: people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and people who did not.
The third part of the app, Trudeau says, is the local, provincial, or territorial health services which will be responsible for ensuring the stored data on the app is up to date.