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Canada’s #COVIDAlert App Gets Custom Emoji on Twitter

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Canada’s COVID Alert now has four new custom emojis on Twitter, which went live on Thursday.

When you use any of the following hashtags in English or French, you’ll see the COVID Alert app icon on Twitter:

  • #COVIDAlert
  • #alerteCOVID
  • #COVIDAlertApp
  • #appAlerteCOVID

Earlier today, the federal government announced COVID Alert now has more precise notifications.

Canada’s COVID Alert app is based on Google and Apple’s exposure notification framework, which leverages Bluetooth on devices for anonymous “handshakes” in the background. The app does not use GPS info or collect any user data. It has been vetted as safe by Canada’s privacy commissioner and provincial counterparts.

When someone tests positive for COVID-19, they can anonymously alert others that may have been in contact using COVID Alert, by obtaining a one-time use from their provincial health authority.

Provinces currently supporting COVID Alert:

  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Ontario
  • Quebec
  • Saskatchewan
  • Nova Scotia
  • Prince Edward Island

Still waiting for:

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Northwest Territories
  • Nunavut
  • Yukon

Recently, the government of Canada acknowledged there was a bug within the COVID Alert app, and urged Canadians to update to iOS 14.0.1 to resolve the issue.

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As of October 28, COVID Alert has been downloaded 4.9 million times, with over 2,800 people voluntarily entering in one-time keys.

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