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That may be true on the iPhone in the US as well. Apple support doesn't say anything about it AFAIK but I did find an article suggesting you can't turn Presidential alerts off. (Though I don't think I've ever seen one.)

There was a test message sent last year when the system was first implemented. It has significant news coverage at the time (most of it along the lines of “Trump wants to send notifications you can’t block to your phone”) but it was definitely heavily featured that they aren’t blockable.

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