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Australia has conducted 1 MILLION tests for coronavirus

por Toby Mario (2020-05-24)

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The country's widespread, and free, testing has been a cornerstone of its remarkable fight against COVID-19, which has killed more than 300,000 people worldwide.

Deputy chief medical officer, Professor Michael Kidd, confirmed that as of 3pm on Saturday, Australia had administered 1,015,652 tests.

If a resident is concerned about having the coronavirus, they can go to any public testing centre and be seen without charge. 

In New South Wales and Western Australia, ?????? even those not eligible for Medicare can get the test for free. 

But he warned the public not to be complacent as restrictions are lifted, saying the risk remained 'significant'.

A man is seen being tested by a nurse at Sydney's St George Hospital on Saturday (pictured), with more than one million coronavirus tests having been conducted across Australia

Friends are seen catching up in Brisbane on Saturday (pictured) after some coronavirus restrictions were eased

'The pandemic is not over. The risk to vulnerable people remains significant,' he told reporters in Canberra on Saturday.

'With restrictions being relaxed we still need to be vigilant.

'It's essential that we all continue to do our part.

'What we hope is the measures we have in place in Australia will not result in a resurgence in COVID-19.'

He also revealed that 5.7 million Australians had downloaded the COVIDSafe tracing app so far, heralded as the country's way out of the last restrictions. 

The government has set a target of 10 million people downloading the app, which is 40 per cent of the population.

Victoria has ramped up its testing, including at drive through centres such as this one at Highpoint shopping centre (pictured on May 4)

Cafes, public parks and playgrounds also buzzed with activity as Queenslanders headed outside to embrace the sunshine (pictured in Brisbane on Saturday)

The Department of Health confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that it believes there are around 16 million adult smartphone users, which are its target population for the app.