The World Health Organisation (WHO) has introduced a WhatsApp health alert service in a bid to counter the spread of misinformation concerning the going human coronavirus pandemic, a news source reported. According to the publication, the messaging service offers the potential ‘to reach two billion people’ — and providing accurate information directly to users.

The messaging service will provide all the latest updates on coronavirus, which will include details of symptoms as well as preventative measures to contain coronavirus transmission. Further, the said utility is expected to provide ‘situation reports and numbers in real time’ with an aim to help world governments with decision-making pursuits.

According to WHO officials, Whatsapp users can access the service through a link and can activate it with a simple ‘hi’ message, which in turn would pop up a menu tab containing important information on the novel coronavirus.

The global health agency has developed this service in collaboration with Praekelt.Org, using Turn machine learning technology.

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