Nearly two million Australians rushed to download a new smartphone app designed to make coronavirus contact tracing easier, the government said,
overlooking privacy concerns in the hope of speeding up the end of social-distancing lockdowns.
Health Minister Greg Hunt hailed take-up since the app was released Sunday evening as “extraordinary”, saying 1.9 million people had downloaded the program
in less than 24 hours.
The nation of 25 million people has uncovered just over 6,700 instances of coronavirus, with the rate of new cases falling to 10-20 per day despite widespread testing.
Like governments around the world, Australian
authorities are under growing pressure to ease
restrictions on travel and public gatherings imposed to halt the spread of the virus, but which have devastated