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Ontario reports 302 new COVID-19 cases over 2 days as launch of contact tracing app delayed

Ontario reported a combined total of 302 new cases of COVID-19 over the last two days, with 149 of those from Wednesday and 153 today, the Ministry of Health says.

The province did not release any COVID-19 data on Canada Day, and thus today’s update includes figures from both days.

Twenty-nine of Ontario’s 34 public health units reported five or fewer confirmed infections of the novel coronavirus today. Twenty-three of those reported no new cases at all, according to Minister of Health Christine Elliott.

Launch of COVID-19 contact tracing app in Ontario delayed

Meanwhile, a new mobile app meant to help with contact tracing of COVID-19 cases won’t roll out across Ontario today as planned.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health says the province is still working with the federal government and the app is expected to launch soon.

The province will be the first to use the COVID Alert app, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said it should be ready for downloading in the rest of the country later this summer.

Premier Doug Ford says the app is meant to enhance the province’s contact tracing strategy.

He’s previously said it could play a key role in helping contain the spread of COVID-19 as more businesses reopen their doors.

The Bluetooth-based app will be voluntary, and will notify users based on a number of criteria, including if they were within two metres of a person who tests positive for the virus and if that contact took place over an extended period of time.

The province didn’t give a new date for the app’s launch.

CBC

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