Government sets up nationwide WhatsApp group for Covid-19 info

Government sets up nationwide WhatsApp group for Covid-19 info

Published at 9:10am 26th March 2020.

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An official, free-to-use service has been started up to provide advice on the coronavirus pandemic.

The Government says the aim is to 'combat the spread of misinformation' and 'further reduce the burden on NHS services'.

It's an automated service, with the latest advice, details of case numbers, and much more.


  • Add the number 07860 064422 to your contacts
  • Message that number on WhatsApp with the word 'hi'
  • You'll get a reply to confirm you've signed up
  • Message back with the number options listed to get further information on that subject
NHS Coronavirus WhatsApp message
Here's how the WhatsApp group will look

Professor Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director, Public Health England, said:

"This service will help us ensure the public has a trusted source for the right information about coronavirus, updated with the latest public health guidance and providing assurance that they are not misled by any of the false information circulating."

Smartphone Texting WhatsApp
We can reply to the service to get the latest info from the Government on coronavirus

Matt Idema, Chief Operating Officer, WhatsApp, said:

"At difficult times like these, people are using WhatsApp more than ever to connect with and support their friends, family and communities. We are pleased to be able to provide the UK Government with the communications tools to help them answer the public’s questions about the virus with reliable, timely health advice, in order to keep people safe."

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