Australia announces additional $678 million coronavirus package to support citizens

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Australia announced a $628 million (1.1 billion Australian dollar) package to fight the novel coronavirus, in a statement from prime minister Scott Morrison released on Sunday.

The majority of the package, about $412 million, will go towards expanding Australia’s telehealth services to allow more citizens to get healthcare over the phone.

There will also be another $92 million to support citizens experiencing domestic, family and sexual violence.

Morrison said Google is seeing the highest magnitude of searches for domestic violence help in the past five years.

Finally, amid a spike in requests for emergency relief and mental health services, there will be about $168 million targeted at expanding support for the community in those areas.

The Australian government has already announced tens of billions of dollars in economic stimulus to try to boost the economy amid fears of an impending recession.

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