The World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched a messaging service via WhatsApp to answer the public’s question on Covid-19.

According to the official announcement, the service has the potential to reach 2 billion people “and enables WHO to get information directly into the hands of the people that need it.”

The service will provide the latest news and information on coronavirus including details on symptoms and how people can protect themselves and others.

It also provides the latest situation reports and numbers in real time to help government decision-makers protect the health of their populations.

The service can be accessed through a link that opens a conversation on WhatsApp. Users can simply type “hi” to activate the conversation, prompting a menu of options that can help answer their questions about Covid-19.