Ambulance bosses slam ‘alarmist and incorrect’ viral WhatsApp voice note that claims paramedics will no longer help coronavirus patients who can’t breathe

  • South East Coast Ambulance Service warned about the message on Twitter
  • People were told not to forward it to stop the spread of false information
  • The service also thanked people for following government lockdown guidelines

Ambulance bosses have told people to ignore an ‘alarmist and incorrect’ voice message being circulated that claims people suffering with coronavirus won’t receive medical help.

South East Coast Ambulance Service tweeted at 10.33am today to warn people that the claims made in the WhatsApp voice note were false. 

The recording – which claimed to be from a member of ambulance service staff – stated that ambulances would no longer be sent to help people who are struggling to breathe due to coronavirus and warning people not to go outside even for exercise.

The ambulance service has not said whether the voice note is a hoax or a genuine message from a member of staff – but they have stated that the information within the recording is wrong and that it should not be shared.


In a statement SECAmb said: ‘We are aware of a voice message being shared currently on social media regarding the ambulance response to coronavirus. The alarmist information being shared in the message is not correct.

‘We would urge people to disregard the message and not share it further.

‘In line with our ongoing plans during this challenging time, we are continuing to follow national guidelines regarding the ambulance response and thank the public for their ongoing support in following the government’s advice.’ 

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