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Australia launches Coronavirus App and WhatsApp service

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The Australian government has launched a Coronavirus App and WhatsApp service to provide information and advice about the coronavirus pandemic.

The Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the launch of the app during a $1.1 billion commitment to additional telehealth, mental health, domestic violence and emergency relief services on Sunday, saying it was “very important for how we’re getting information to Australians”.

“You will get access to a new messaging service which enables us to talk to more and more Australians in terms of basic health advice, updates on the measures that are being put in place by state and federal governments, and that will assist you to get accurate and timely information,” Morrison said.

“I can also say that on the Apple app store, the coronavirus app, you can now download it. I did that this morning, and that is available and is doing the same thing – providing further information, more resources, a trusted place of advice and information.”

Coronavirus Australia, which is available from the Apple App Store and on Google Play, was launched alongside the Government’s new WhatsApp feature.

To activate the Whatsapp channel, users have been told to visit aus.gov.au/whatsapp to launch the new feature.

 

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