As the number of people testing positive continues to surge, the prime minister is urging people to download Canada’s COVID-19 app.

In a social media message on September 28, Justin Trudeau admitted that the country's COVID-19 cases are surging.

Describing this spike as the “second wave,” he reiterated the importance of getting the situation under control.

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Repeating Dr. Theresa Tam’s message, that improving the situation is a collective effort, Trudeau urged Canadians to continue to follow public health advice.

“While you’re at it, use the COVID Alert app to protect yourself, your loved ones, and our front line workers,” he said.

The app, which was launched back in July, was created to notify those who may have come into contact with COVID-19.

Despite Trudeau’s recommendation, the app is only available in New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador and Ontario right now.

Trudeau’s advice comes as Canada’s case total has topped 153,000. 

As of September 27, 12,759 of those cases are considered to be active.

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