Wulfrunians are being reminded to install the new NHS Covid-19 app on their smartphones so that they can play a key role in the fight against coronavirus.

The app is free to download from the AppStore or Google Play and will work on the majority of Apple and Android smartphones.

The app will help the NHS understand where and how Covid-19 is spreading so that the authorities can respond more quickly and effectively. It enables people to report symptoms, order a coronavirus test and check into venues by scanning a QR code. It will also notify users if they have come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus. 

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Every person who downloads the NHS Covid-19 app will be doing their bit in the fight against coronavirus. It’s already been downloaded over 10 million times and the more people who use it, the better the app will work.

"By installing the app on your smartphone, you will be helping to protect your family, friends and those in your community as well as yourself. This is because the app supports the NHS's wider Test and Trace programme to stop the spread of the virus – and the quicker we can do that, the sooner we can get back to a more normal life.

"I would encourage everyone with a compatible smartphone to download the app – and remind businesses and community venues that they must display their QR code posters in a prominent location so that customers can check in when they arrive on the premises."

She added: “Even if you do not have a compatible smartphone yourself, you will still benefit from other people downloading the app because they will be helping the NHS understand more about how the virus spreads and be supporting the Test and Trace process.”

For more information about the NHS Covid-19 app, please visit Assets and Videos - NHS COVID-19 mobile app or NHS - COVID-19 app support.

Latest data shows there were 68.32 cases per 100,000 residents over the 7 days up to 26 September, compared to 55.72 cases per 100,000 in the 7 days to 19 September.

Symptoms of Covid-19 include a fever, a new, continuous cough and loss or change to a person’s sense of taste and smell. People with symptoms, no matter how mild, should immediately self isolate and book a test by visiting Coronavirus (COVID-19) or calling 119. Anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will be asked to share information about people that have been close contacts recently.

The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at GOV.UK and on the council’s own coronavirus pages at Coronavirus advice and information. For details of local lockdown measures in force in Wolverhampton, visit Local restrictions in Wolverhampton