Here's the full wording on the Whatsapp site:
You'll no longer be able to use all Windows Phone operating systems after December 31, 2019, and WhatsApp may not be available in the Microsoft Store after July 1, 2019.
Note: Because we no longer actively develop for these operating systems, some features might stop functioning at any time.
There have been rumours of a true native UWP (Windows 10) Whatsapp client, but I think we'd have had this by now if it was real. And, with Facebook owning Whatsapp, I'm more sure than ever - Facebook has been terrible in the UWP world, never going further than a badly ported version of their iOS codebase.
Comments welcome then. The number of services and apps which are no longer in the Store is starting to grow, directly impacting anyone trying to refresh or rebuild a Windows 10 Mobile phone. I can feel a new list coming on.....(!)
PS. Unigram (Telegram) is a more than capable replacement, though re-educating family and friends to use Telegram is a whole other kettle of fish, of course!