Tue. Jan 19th, 2021

Legault government shelves plans for COVID-19 tracing app — for now

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QUEBEC — The Legault government is dropping for now the idea of asking Quebecers to download a COVID-19 tracing application on their phones.

But it has not ruled out the idea of trying the idea sometime in the future.

Quebec’s minister of governmental digital transformation, Éric Caire, is to make the announcement later Tuesday when he attends a COVID-19 update news conference in Montreal with the minister of health, Christian Dubé, and the director of public health, Horacio Arruda.

Caire is to indicate that traditional methods of tracing the infection, in which health workers track down contacts made by a person who was infected, is adequate, government officials said Tuesday.

“For the moment, we are not moving ahead,” a senior official said. “It’s a no for now.”

The government’s decision comes despite the fact Quebecers said they were interested in the idea in a recent consultation.

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