Bupa welcomes app as downloads top two million

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Bupa says it supports the federal government's new coronavirus app, COVIDSafe, as a measure that could help prevent or slow the spread of the novel coronavirus and potentially save lives.

The recently launched app has been downloaded more then two million times since it was launched.

"This is a great achievement by Australians who are playing their part to keep themselves, their family and the community safe from further spread of coronavirus," said health minister Greg Hunt.

"Importantly it will protect our health care workers, who have also been at the forefront of encouraging people to download and register.

"We thank everyone who has downloaded the app and registered and we encourage those who haven’t yet, to do so."

“These are extraordinary times that require decisive responses. While we respect the right of individuals to make their own choices, Bupa believes there is a significant collective benefit of the COVIDSafe app to the Australian community,” said Hisham El-Ansary, CEO of Bupa Australia and New Zealand,

“We will be encouraging our employees, customers and residents to download the app, however we will also remind them that it is voluntary for them to do so. We are supportive of measures that can reduce the strain on Australia’s health and care system and help us return to everyday life.”