To help combat the spread of the coronavirus, the government has announced it will be adding text messages to its official communications program moving forward in a bid to reach more people.

This morning, the Australian Government shared an example via their Twitter account.

It reads, “Coronavirus Aus Gov msg: To stop the spread, stay 1.5m from others, follow rules on social gatherings, wash hands, stay home if sick.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison mentioned the new addition to the program in a press conference late Tuesday evening after a national cabinet meeting.

“Starting today, every Australian mobile phone will be sent a text message from the Australian Government with important steps each person can take to protect their own health, the health of their families and the health of the whole community from the coronavirus,” Health Minister Greg Hunt said in a statement.


36 million messages will be sent out across the rest of the week.

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