Covid - 19

Alert message sent 29/03/2020 08:54:00

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Hello resident,
                       some information supplied by Halton Trading Standards that maybe of use.

NEW Government Covid-19 WhatsApp Bot
A Covid-19 WhatsApp bot has been launched by the UK government.  Members of the public who message the bot can access pre-determined chunks of advice on symptoms or how to avoid spreading the disease. It also contains a mythbuster which corrects a lot of the false information that is circulating on social media. 
All you have to do to access the information is open the WhatsApp and send a message saying “hi” to the number 07860 064422. This is the only number you should use.
You will receive a menu and can choose to read about prevention, symptoms, staying at home, travel, latest numbers and mythbusters.
It is not a WhatsApp group and you won’t receive spam messages – neither is it a number you can call or send messages to.
You are not asked for any personal information and the service is free.
Whilst a lot of this information is available online, the government have said the service has been designed to allow members of the public to "get answers to the most common questions about coronavirus".  Hopefully, clarifying some of the confusion surrounding Covid-19 and debunking the fake news being circulated.
If you or somebody you know has been caught out by a scam or fraud please contact one of Halton Trading Standards specialist officers, Linda or Sue on 0151 511 8785 or 0151 511 8775, who are already working with people in Halton who have lost thousands of pounds to scams.
Many thanks
Message sent by
Paul Mines (Police, Community Support Officer, Widnes PCSO)

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