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More than 1 million Australians have downloaded the government's coronavirus tracing app within hours of its launch, Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Monday.
 
The COVIDSafe app was released at 6 p.m. on Sunday night, and by 10:30 p.m. it had been downloaded 1 million times, rising to 1.13 million by 6 a.m. on Monday, Xinhua news agency quoted Hunt as saying.
 
He told Sky News Australia that the number of downloads in the first five hours after launch exceeded what the government expected in the first five days.
 
"Australians have responded magnificently," he said.
 
"We had in our quiet hopes thought that we might get to a million in five days. We were lucky enough to get there in five hours."