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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.

As the spread of the coronavirus increases, it’s vital every Australian understands the practical action they must take to look after themselves and help us protect those most at risk.

The text message will read:

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

Text messages will continue to be used as one of the range communications from the government to the Australian people, to reinforce the importance of abiding by new restrictions and social distancing to save lives.

Nearly 36 million messages will be sent over coming days.