World Health Organization says the messaging service is expected to reach 2 billion people and enable it to get information directly into the hands of the people that need it including government leaders, health workers and family and friends.
The service will provide the latest news and information on coronavirus including details on symptoms and how people can protect themselves and others. It also provides the latest situation reports and numbers in real time to help government decision-makers protect the health of their populations.
The service can be accessed through a link that opens a conversation on WhatsApp. Users can simply type “hi” to activate the conversation, prompting a menu of options that can help answer their questions about COVID-19.