Sally Roberts, Chief Nurse for the Black Country and West Birmingham, said: “It’s vitally important to register your contact details for Test and Trace when you go into a venue, to make it easier to keep track of those who may have come into contact with COVID-19 cases and stop local outbreaks from happening.
“This new app will definitely make things a little easier and a lot faster – and because it only requires you to scan your phone, it keeps contact with people and surfaces to a minimum so it’s safer too.”
The Test and Trace programme is designed to help slow the spread of the virus, reduce the impact of a potential second wave, and help everyone return to a more normal life.
As well as ensuring they can be contacted if they encounter somebody who has COVID-19, checking in will also give app users a record on their phones of the venues they have visited, which will help them remember where they have been if they become ill themselves.
The NHS COVID-19 app is available for download now on both iOS and Android phones.