Published Thursday, 24 September 2020
A new NHS Test and Trace App is being made available to people over the age of 16 to download to help to restrict the spread of COVID-19.
The NHS Test and Trace App uses proven technology from Apple and Google, designed to protect every user’s privacy. It will be used in England and Wales, alongside traditional contact tracing
It will notify users if they come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus.
The app allows people to check symptoms and order a coronavirus test.
It also alerts other app users to take steps to self-isolate if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Restaurants, pubs and other hospitality venues will be expected to clearly display a unique QR code. Visitors who have downloaded the app will be able to scan the code to indicate their visit to the venue.
Liz Gaulton, Director of Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “We are encouraging people to download the NHS Test and Trace App to restrict the spread of COVID-19.
“The app will help the NHS understand if the virus is spreading in a particular area, and it will help the Council and other agencies to gather more evidence to respond quickly to stop the virus spreading further and save lives.
“The more people that do the right thing – by using the app, and self-isolating when alerted – the more we keep each other safe and stop infection rates rising.”
The app helps to anonymously trace people who have spent time near other app users, who they may not personally know, and who later test positive for coronavirus.
The “Check-in” feature anonymously alerts users who have been at the same venue at the same time.
For more details about the NHS Test and Trace App visit www.covid19.nhs.uk