Quebec will not roll out coronavirus exposure notification application

After public consultations, Quebec will not roll out a novel coronavirus application for smartphones because the government feels the health crisis is under control for now.

Éric Caire, the junior minister responsible for digital transformation, said experts raised concerns during the provincial legislature’s study of the exposure notification app.

“Several issues were brought up,” he told reporters in Montreal on Tuesday.

The three opposition parties in Quebec had also expressed reservations about such an application throughout the process.

The Legault government was considering rolling out the application in September. It would allow the user who downloaded it to be informed of a possible exposure with a person infected with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

In July, the Canadian government launched a federal app, which is currently only used in Ontario.

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However, Caire said Tuesday the province is not against eventually using such an application if there is a resurgence in cases.

Authorities in Quebec reported 62 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the total to 61,803.

The province recorded three additional deaths attributable to COVID-19 from the previous day. Two of those deaths occurred in the past 24 hours, while another took place between Aug. 18 and 23.

To date, the respiratory illness has been linked to 5,746 deaths. Authorities say one death was also removed from the total after an investigation found the virus was not the reason for the death.

There are three more Quebecers in hospital, for a total of 118. Of those, the number of patients in intensive care remains unchanged at 12.

With files from the Canadian Press

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