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6 million Australians download 'world-leading' COVID-19 tracing app

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-05-24 20:40

An illustration picture shows the new COVIDSafe app by the Australian government on a mobile phone, as the country works to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in this picture taken on April 28, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

CANBERRA — The Australian government's coronavirus tracing app has hit six million downloads, announced Greg Hunt, the Minister for Health, and Stuart Robert, the Minister for Government Services on Sunday, describing the COVIDSafe app as "world-leading."

"Australia continues to be a world leader in testing, tracing, and containing the coronavirus and I would encourage all Australians to contribute to that effort and download the COVIDSafe app today," Hunt said in a statement.

The app, which uses Bluetooth to keep a record of fellow users that a person has been in close contact with, was designed to boost authorities' contact tracing capabilities.

"Remember, as state and territory health officials start to use the COVIDSafe app as part of their tracing efforts, they will only have access to contact information for those people you may have come in close contact with-that is, 1.5m or less for a duration of 15 minutes or more."

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has previously said that in order for the app to be effective at least 40 percent of Australia's 16 million smartphone users should download it.

As at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, a total of 7,109 cases have been reported in Australia, including 102 deaths and 6,506 have been reported as recovered from COVID-19, according to Department of Health.

The department also said that the number of new cases in the last 24 hours is four.

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