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The federal government is urging the provinces to use its COVID Alert app properly and more widely after a new report said that only five per cent of those who have tested positive for the virus have been given the information required to register their results.

An interim report from a federal advisory council said that while the app has been downloaded more than 6.3 million times, only 20,000 people have entered the one-time key that lets the app know they have the virus.

The federal government launched the voluntary COVID Alert app in July. It’s designed to notify users when they have been exposed to another user that has tested positive for COVID-19.

Once someone has tested positive, the provincial public health authority is supposed to issue that person a one-time key. Once the key is entered into the app, it sends notifications to other app users who have been within two metres of the infected person for 15 minutes or more.

Source: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Date: March 18th, 2021



  1. ” The report identifies the lacklustre distribution of one-time keys as one of two problems preventing the app from achieving its potential. ” How could you change this positively?
  2. ” The second problem is that not enough Canadians have downloaded the app. ” How could you change this positively?

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