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Tech & Science Australian government using WhatsApp, Apple Store to send COVID-19 advice

14:31  29 march  2020
14:31  29 march  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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The Morrison government is taking to social media platforms to inform Australians about health advice, and the measures the Commonwealth and the states are taking to tackle the coronavirus crisis.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says people can gain access to a new messaging service on WhatsApp by typing oz.gov.au/whatsapp.

Likewise, the Apple app store is now providing a coronavirus app that can be downloaded.

Scott Morrison wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a curtain: Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during a Press Conference in Canberra, Sunday, March 29. 2020. © Mike Bowers / Guardian Australia Pool. Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during a Press Conference in Canberra, Sunday, March 29. 2020. a screenshot of text: Australians can now access health information directly from the Federal Government through WhatsApp on their mobile phones that will deliver them advice about the coronavirus. © WhatsApp Australians can now access health information directly from the Federal Government through WhatsApp on their mobile phones that will deliver them advice about the coronavirus.

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"That will assist you to get the accurate and timely information about what is being done by governments around the country to support you, as you and your family and your household and your community work through the difficult months ahead because of the coronavirus," Mr Morrison said on Sunday.

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The announcement came as the Prime Minister also said that 1600 people today have entered enforced quarantines in hospitals around the nation.

He also went on to further restrict social gatherings in Australia to just two people and said people aged over 70 "should stay at home for their own protection".

a screenshot of a cell phone: The Federal Government has also launched a mobile app that can be accessed through the Apple App Store for Australians looking for further coronavirus information. © Supplied The Federal Government has also launched a mobile app that can be accessed through the Apple App Store for Australians looking for further coronavirus information.

States and territories are now considering, following a national cabinet meeting on Sunday, whether to make the two-person limit enforceable.

The limit does not apply to members of your own household.

The limit will not apply either to education or employment, while skate parks and public playgrounds will also be closed.

With AAP.

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