The Government has launched a free Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp. The new service aims to provide official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), to further reduce the burden on NHS services and prevent the spread of false information.

The service links users to an automated ‘chatbot’ which will provide information on coronavirus prevention and symptoms, the latest number of cases in the UK, advice on staying at home, travel advice and myth busting.

Those wishing to sign up to the service on WhatsApp should add 07860 064422 to their phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to sign up.

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