15 April 2024

Govt WhatsApp channel to share Covid-19 info

A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19.

Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can be found at covid19.govt.nz/whatsapp.

Current functions includes

  • Latest updates and news
  • Latest case information
  • Covid-19 symptoms
  • What financial support is available
  • Things people need to do to unite against Covid-19

“We know people are craving access to timely, accurate information and this is another way we can provide that by harnessing technology as part of the fight,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.

“Our priority is to keep New Zealanders safe and get them the information they need to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Health Minister David Clark said it’s vital that people get access to official health information to help in the fight against COVID-19.

“When it comes to people’s health, accurate and timely information is critical and this will help provide that,” Clark said.

The first release is in English but Maori, Samoan, Tongan, Mandarin and Hindi versions will be added in coming days, with Cook Island Maori and Fijian languages in the subsequent release.

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