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Canada taps BlackBerry, Shopify to help it develop COVID-19 contact tracing apps [Video]

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Canada is the latest in a long line of countries looking toward contact tracing apps. Two of its tech giants, BlackBerry and Shopify, are joining forces to work with provincial and federal governments on the tools, according to a Reuters report

The new tech, which employs Bluetooth technology, is expected to launch in July in Ottawa. Dubbed COVID Alert, its users can tell the system if they have tested positive for the virus, and the tech, in turn, will be able to alert individuals who came into contact with them.

Canada already has a special app for individuals entering the country, called ArriveCAN. It lets people arriving in the country submit the coronavirus-related data and required questionnaire to before entering Canada. 

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Canada has just reached 100,000 coronavirus cases, according to the World Health Organization. While this number is significantly lower than its southern neighbor, which reports well over two million cases, …

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