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We're doing really well, Australia. We've flattened the curve and are managing coronavirus. Our path back depends on 3 critical things before restrictions can be eased.

First, to make sure we can identify people who have coronavirus, even if they're not showing symptoms, we'll need to do even more community testing.

Second, to quickly stop outbreaks we'll roll out more rapid health response teams in each state and territory.

And third, we need to speed up how we notify people exposed to COVID-19, which is why we released the new COVIDSafe app. It will let you know quickly if someone you've had contact with has tested positive for coronavirus.

And we'll need as many Australians as possible to download the app.

The Government health workers and scientists are all playing their part and they need your help. The more people who download the app the fewer places the virus will have to hide, keeping you, your family, and your community safer, so we can get back to business and back to enjoying life sooner.

The app is voluntary with one simple but very important purpose: to help our health workers contact you quickly if you've been in contact with a person who has tested positive for coronavirus.

Here's how it works.

Using the same Bluetooth technology that searches if your headphones or car are nearby, your mobile phone securely and anonymously takes note of other app users you come in contact with. This information is encrypted and stored locally on your phone — you won't be able to see or access it — and is kept there for 21 days, after which it is permanently deleted.

If someone you have been near in the past 21 days later tests positive for coronavirus, the information stored on that person's phone can be sent to health workers in your state or territory to contact you quickly and let you know what steps you will need to take to keep yourself and those around you safe.

It is simply an automated and smarter way of doing what our health workers are already doing  to keep track of the virus in our community. And it's a necessary part of the plan to ease restrictions by making sure we can get on top of any outbreaks quickly when we start going about our day to day lives again.

The app can be downloaded easily by searching COVIDSafe in your app store or by visiting health.gov.au for more information.

Thank you Australia, for helping to stop the spread and save lives.

Authorised by the Chief Medical Officer, Canberra.

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The COVIDSafe app speeds up contacting people exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19). This helps health officials support and protect you, your friends and family.

This video gives you a quick introduction to how the app works.

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