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Global National: July 31, 2020 | Canadian government launches COVID-19 “exposure notification” app

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On this episode of Global National: Abigail Bimman reports on Canada's new COVID-19 alert app, how it works in notifying potentially exposed Canadians and the lingering concerns over privacy issues. Plus, a look at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's response to questions about due diligence, one day after he faced a grilling over the WE Charity controversy.

As the global pandemic continues, a new report from Statistics Canada shows that the Canadian economy has begun to accelerate again, with the GDP growing by more than four per cent in May. But as Eric Sorensen reports, it's still far from returning to normal.

Additionally, Dawna Friesen looks at the federal government's new measures to help temporary foreign workers hit hard by the pandemic - and what will happen to the CERB in the fall, and those Canadians still relying on it. Plus, Eric Sorensen explains how the Canadian economy has recovered months after the pandemic began, and why it's still far from normal.

With just a few new cases in recent weeks, provinces in Atlantic Canada are once again changing their COVID-19 rules. In New Brunswick, officials are loosening travel restrictions, while Nova Scotia has decided to mandate masks in public spaces to ensure the virus remains suppressed. Ross Lord reports.

Turning to the United States, scores of nurses are being laid off, as private hospitals face dire financial crises brought on by the pandemic, although health-care workers are in demand now more than ever worldwide. Jackson Proskow reports on the unprecedented challenge in the business of saving lives.

The border between Canada and the United States remains closed to non-essential travel, with travel exemptions for couples only meant for partners who are married or common law. As Mike Drolet reports, one Canadian doctor is petitioning to ease pandemic restrictions in the name of love.

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