The federal authorities’s COVID Alert app issued over 61,500 publicity notifications in April and May, which led to at least 572 cases being recognized.
A spokesperson from Well being Canada instructed MobileSyrup in an e mail that this knowledge comes from in-app metrics. The company notes that knowledge from smartphone customers who haven’t but up to date to the model of COVID Alert that features in-app metrics just isn’t captured.
The gathering of this knowledge was made attainable by an replace to COVID Alert in February that allowed the app to collect metrics to guage the app’s effectiveness.
The replace permits the app to gather metrics on the variety of lively customers and downloads, the variety of publicity notifications despatched and the variety of customers who enter a one-time key after receiving a notification.
As of June eighth, COVID Alert has been downloaded over 6,564,041 occasions. Additional, 33,690 one-time keys have been entered to set off notifications to app customers for the reason that app’s launch.
Additional updates in the works
When requested if the federal government plans to roll out any additional updates to the app, the spokesperson said that new functionalities are in improvement to additional maximize the advantages of the app and enhance uptake and use of the app because the financial system reopens.
Earlier this yr, the COVID Alert Advisory Council requested the federal authorities to replace the app to make it accessible in extra languages.
The spokesperson famous that “the federal government is contemplating translating the app into extra languages to assist Canadians whose first language just isn’t English or French to guard themselves, their family members, and their communities in opposition to COVID-19.”
It’s been over 10 months for the reason that app first launched in July 2020. COVID Alert is at the moment totally practical in 9 provinces and territories. Though COVID Alert might be downloaded throughout the nation, areas that haven’t opted into the app don’t present one-time verification keys with constructive checks, that are integral to how COVID Alert operates.
The Canadian Digital Service urges customers to open COVID Alert at least as soon as a day to make sure that it’s working, as some telephones will put the app to sleep, which stops it from successfully working background publicity checks.
You’ll be able to obtain COVID Alert from the iOS App Retailer and the Google Play Retailer.