THE official coronavirus app has finally launched after months of delay.
Available for iPhone and Android – the ‘NHS Covid-19’ app will send alerts based on locations, allow people to book tests if they have symptoms and can be used as a scanner to check-in at venues.
Restaurants, bars and other leisure facilities should, by law, display authorised QR barcodes on a poster or digital sign, which the app can scan.
The app, which launched today (September 24), following extensive testing, will send updates on your postcode’s ‘risk level’ and instructs users to self-isolate for 14 days if it detects they are or were nearby someone who has the virus.
Strangers can alert other people living nearby if they have tested positive.
Redditch MP Rachel Maclean has issued a rallying call for everyone in the town to download it.
She said: “By downloading this app, you will be protecting yourself and your loved ones.
“Cases remain low in Redditch and we can keep it that way by following the rules and by downloading this app – an important tool for helping to reduce the spread of the virus.”
The UK’s major mobile network operators, including Vodafone, Three, EE and O2, Sky and Virgin, have confirmed that all in-app activity will not come out of customers’ data allowance.
The tool, which can be downloaded from app stores, does not work on iPhone 6 or older models.