Over a million Australians rushed to download an app developed to help medical workers and state governments trace close contacts of COVID-19 sufferers, as PM Scott Morrison’s approval rating soared on his pandemic response.
Australia has been one of the most successful countries in preventing the coronavirus pandemic, recording just 83 deaths and 6,700 infections due to border closures, movement bans, and a remain-at-home policy. It has lowered the daily growth in new cases to less than 1%, well down from the 25% seen in March.
Australia has indicated it might raise some of the social distancing orders beginning May 11. Morrison has stated at least 40% of the population will need to download the app, which allows health authorities to track users’ movements.
Regardless of privacy considerations, Health Minister Greg Hunt stated 1.13 million Australians downloaded the contact tracking app CovidSafe on Monday, nearly 4.5% of the nation’s population.
Australia’s chief medical officer, Brendan Murphy, stated the downloads would assist in containing the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Canberra will soon start testing people regardless of symptoms, he mentioned, adding that it will focus on young adults.
The spike in downloads comes as a Newspoll carried out for The Australian newspaper showed Morrison enjoyed the best approval score for a leader since the end of 2008.
Morrison’s approval rating has skyrocketed 27 points since the first week of March to 68%, the poll confirmed.