Welsh emergency test sent to millions had misspelling | UK News

The Welsh test warning contains spelling mistakes

The warning had a typo in the wording (Image: PA / Twitter)

The Welsh language emergency alert test sent on phones contained a misspelling, the government has confirmed.

The alarm, which was supposed to go off at 3pm on Sunday afternoon on all devices using 4G and 5G networks in the UK, contained a translation error.

It lasted 10 seconds and displayed a message informing phone users that no action was required in response to the test.

However, in Wales the message for the translation of the English phrase ‘others safe’ was said to be ‘eraill yn Vogel’ when it should have been ‘eraill yn ddiogel’.

People took to social media to point out and criticize the bug.

A Government spokesman said: “A technical error resulted in a word being misspelled in the Welsh language version of the Emergency Test Alert.

“The fact that this occurred in a test alert means we can correct it in the future.”

One person said on Twitter: “What does ‘yn Vogel’ @ukgovwales mean?

“This was in the headlines for weeks and you couldn’t find a single person to proofread the Cymraeg translation?”

This wasn’t the only bug, as phone users on the Three network didn’t even get a message.

The government has said it will launch an investigation into why it wasn’t sent to all users.

Once set up, the emergency call system should warn the population if there is a danger to life in the vicinity.

Going forward, a similarly loud notification and message will be sent to those the UK government wishes to reach.

The system is intended for use in life-threatening situations such as floods and forest fires.

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Justin Scaccy

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