“Listening to the entire message may create a problem when dialling emergency numbers like 100, 110, and 1091”

You may be getting a pre-call announcement about coronavirus on your Jio, Airtel, or Vodafone network. This is part of the Indian government’s initiative to keep the citizens informed about the deadly outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), which has affected 43 people in the country so far. The announcement tells you about the disease and its spread, measures to protect yourself and whom to contact if you are concerned about having caught the infection. However, the message is quite long and can be a problem while calling emergency services such as 100, 110, and 1091. Luckily, there is a way to bypass the message.

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How to bypass coronavirus message on Airtel, Jio, and Vodafone calls

  • Make the call
  • As soon as it starts playing the message, press 1
  • You’ll be redirected to the good old phone ringing sound

It’s worth mentioning that there is no permanent way to stop the message. You’ll have to perform the aforementioned steps each time you make an outgoing call to avoid hearing the coughing sound, followed by the coronavirus message.

For those who haven’t noticed it yet, the default ringtone in India has been changed to a message about coronavirus, per government’s notice. The message aims to tell people, almost all of us who use Jio, Vodafone, Airtel or any other SIM cards, that the virus is spreading and it is important to take precautionary measures like washing hands with soap to check its spread. It also informs people to visit the nearest health facility or call the helpline number 011-23978046 for further clarification and help.