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Quebec, Oct 07 (Canadian-Media): Quebec's adoption of the COVID-19 Alert app, and Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island (PEI)'s commitment to join it in the coming days, has left British Columbia (B.C.), and Alberta as the only remaining provinces with no immediate plans to activate the app, media reports said.
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The federal government-administered Bluetooth technology with smartphones, COVID-19 Alert app, with its expert notification framework developed jointly by tech giants Apple and Google, facilitates users to communicate when they are less than two meters apart for at least 15 minutes prompts them of a positive coronavirus test and alert others of potential exposure.
"The app will only really help us if many people choose to activate it," Quebec Premier François Legault told reporters shortly after he downloaded the app, CBC News reported.
Ottawa Public Health said that the first prompt of the exposure notification of COVID-19 diagnosis last month was through the COVID-19 alert app.
As Health Canada says it awaits additional features of the COVID-19 alert app but insists that adoption of the app "as is" by all provinces and territories should be a priority.
Initially, Quebec had resisted joining the app, but being confronted by a steep increase in COVID-19 infections, reporting more than 1,000 new cases daily for the last 10 days, necessitated it to join the app.