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Global National: July 27, 2020 | Challenges of making a coronavirus contact tracing app in Canada

In this episode of Global National: A growing number of COVID-19 outbreaks in Canada are being linked to young people ignoring restrictions, adding pressure to launch a national contact tracing app. Heather Yourex-West looks at where Canada is at on developing the app, and how Alberta’s own app has fallen flat.

Plus, Stephen Cameron, the 42-year-old Scottish pilot who became “Asia’s sickest patient” after contracting COVID-19 in Vietnam, is finally recovering after spending 10 weeks on life support. As Crystal Goomansingh reports, he’s speaking out as infections accelerate worldwide, joining leaders’ calls for people to take the coronavirus seriously. And across the U.S., people are practicing patience as they wait to be tested for COVID-19. Others are less patient, as they push back against reimposed restrictions. And as Jennifer Johnson reports, the U.S. is now hosting the world’s largest coronavirus vaccine study.

Also, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to testify on July 30 before the House of Commons finance committee over the federal government’s now-cancelled $912-million contract awarded to WE Charity. Mike Le Couteur looks at the questions the opposition wants answered.
A new Ipsos poll, conducted exclusively for Global News, is highlighting a deep generational divide within Canada over police reform. Mike Drolet looks at how recent events have sparked the “defund the police” movement.

In sports news, just days into the pandemic-stunted season, Major League Baseball (MLB) has cancelled two games after the Miami Marlins reported at least 14 COVID-19 cases within the team. As Mike Armstrong explains, the curveball could cause a season strikeout.

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