Ottawa shuts down COVID Alert app with pandemic easing in Canada – GLOBAL

June 17, 2022

The federal government’s COVID Alert app has been taken offline.

With the COVID-19 pandemic easing in Canada, Ottawa moved on Friday to shut down its exposure notification app that was launched early in the pandemic.

COVID Alert came online on July 31, 2020 – many months before Canadians began to be vaccinated against COVID-19. It was created to help limit the spread of the novel virus, but it was criticized as being ineffective.

More than 6.9 million people living in Canada downloaded the app, and more than 57,000 users who tested positive for COVID-19 notified others of a possible exposure, the government said on Friday.

“While the pandemic is not over, the decision to decommission COVID Alert comes after careful consideration following discussions with provinces and territories on the ongoing evolution of public health programming that varies in each jurisdiction,” Health Canada said in a news release.

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