GCO launches coronavirus info service on WhatsApp Apr 07, 2020 0 646 12345 Tribune News NetworkDohaThe Government Communications Office (GCO) on Monday launched Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp. The new service, which is free-to-use, provides a central source of accurate, trustworthy and up-to-date information about coronavirus (COVID-19).The Coronavirus Information Service is an automated “chatbot” service that allows citizens and residents in Qatar to get answers to the most common questions about coronavirus from the Ministry of Public Health and the GCO 24 hours a day in six languages: Arabic, English, Urdu, Hindi, Nepali, and Malayalam. The service will provide information on topics such as coronavirus prevention and symptoms, the latest number of cases, advice on staying at home, travel advice and mythbusting.To use the free Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp, simply save the number +974 6006 0601 in your phone contacts, then send a WhatsApp message in any language to get started. The conversation can also be started via: https://wa.me/97460060601?text=HiSheikh Thamer bin Hamad al Thani, Deputy Director of the Government Communications Office for Media Affairs, said, “Maintaining the safety of citizens and residents in Qatar is our top priority. To ensure that the public is kept informed during the crisis, we have developed a user-friendly service to give people instant access to the latest information on the virus. This includes the latest statistics from the Ministry of Public Health and vital information about how people can protect themselves and others. Our aim is to raise public awareness in our community.”Matt Idema, WhatsApp’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “At difficult times like these, people use WhatsApp more than ever to connect with and support their friends, family and communities. We are pleased to be able to provide in Qatar with the communications tools to help them respond to citizens’ questions about the virus with reliable, timely health advice, in order to keep people safe.”The Coronavirus Information Service has been built on the WhatsApp Business API over Infobip’s global communication platform to provide timely and critical information to the population about the virus. For more advanced queries, the chatbot can also direct users to online resources. RELATED ARTICLES Qatar wins UN praise for efforts to beat COVID-19 Apr 07, 2020 0 2447 228 more test positive for virus, eight recover Apr 07, 2020 0 1021 Ashghal opens upgraded road, intersection Apr 07, 2020 0 487 MoI deploys all resources to combat COVID-19 epidemic QNA Doha The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has mobilised all its resources and capabilities to protect society from coronavirus (COVID-19) by following-up on the implementation of precautionary measures and .. Qatar Pharma to produce 6 mn masks a month by April-end Tribune News Network Doha Qatar Pharma will set up a production line for face masks with a capacity to produce 6 million pieces a month by the end of April, its Chairman Dr Ahmed Mohamed al Sulaiti has said. “The masks will be ..