Coronavirus falls as most searched topic in Australia

Mariam Cheik-Hussein
By Mariam Cheik-Hussein | 12 May 2020
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Coronavirus has fallen from being the most searched topic in Australia since the pandemic ramped up locally, according to Google Trends.

From the beginning of March until the last week of April, coronavirus had been the most-searched topic every week. However, interest in the virus softened a week into May, with the topic falling to the fourth most searched topic, behind definition, weather and news.

Tasmania remains the only state where coronavirus is still the most searched topic.

Instead, Australia’s attention has shifted to restrictions being eased, with search interest for “restrictions” surging on Friday to reach its highest peak in Australia, as the Prime Minister announced the nation’s three-stage pathway out of lockdowns.

Nationally, the top trending related search is “3 stage restriction lift” which has spiked by +5,000% over the past seven days.

Trending questions for coronavirus over the past week in Australia are:

  • Can I stay in a hotel during coronavirus?
  • What time is Dan Andrews press conference?
  • Will Australia have a second wave of coronavirus?
  • What is 5G?
  • Is coronavirus getting worse?
  • How many people have died from the coronavirus?
  • Can animals get coronavirus?
  • How long will coronavirus supplement last?
  • When is coronavirus likely to end Australia?
  • How many infected with coronavirus in the USA today?

Trending questions for restrictions over the past week in Australia are:

  • How far can I travel from home?
  • What COVID 19 restrictions are being lifted?
  • When will stage 3 restrictions be lifted in Victoria?
  • What are the Victorian COVID restrictions?
  • What are the COVID 19 restrictions in WA?
  • What time is Dan Andrews press conference?
  • When is Victoria going back to school?
  • What are the new restrictions in QLD?
  • When will travel restrictions be lifted?
  • What restrictions will be lifted first in NSW?

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