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WHERE: Providing COVID-19 information to people without Internet

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Ο World Health Organisation (WHERE), the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) trying to work with Companies telecommunications worldwide with the aim of provision information related to COVID-19 and health, to people who do not access on the Internet.

"The goal is for everyone to receive vital health messages, regardless of their connectivity level," the WHO and ITU said in a joint statement.

"It simply came to our notice then 3,6 billion people are offline, with most of these people living in low-income countries, where on average only two out of ten people have access on the Internet ”.

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Sending text messages about COVID-19 will start in the Asia-Pacific region and will be extended to people around the world.

WHO and ITU also said that COVID-19 is the first pandemic where η technology and social media can be used on a large scale to keep people safe.

"Durable and reliable networks and telecommunications services are essential, as more and more countries, companies and individuals are turning to digital technologies to deal with the impact of COVID-19," they said.

Some countries (eg Australia) have already taken similar steps by sending messages to people.

In addition, last month, WHO inaugurated a chatbot in WhatsApp to provide information about COVID-19. The service initially supported only English, but later began to support Arabic, French and Spanish.

The chat process with chatbot in WhatsApp it's very simple. The users they should send a message to the WHO account at +41 79 475 22 09 and send the word "hi", "hola", "salut" or "temporarily" to start the conversation. They can then access official information about COVID-19.

Last week, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, froze funding of his nation to WHO, blaming the Agency for covering its spread coronavirus in its early stages pandemic. This move is likely to worsen conditions in the world's poorest nations.

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