Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie is calling on her constituents to download the new NHS App in the fight against coronavirus.

Following rigorous testing and successful trials, the new NHS App is now available for everyone in England and Wales to download.

It will alert users if they have been close to someone who later tests positive for coronavirus, provide risk alerts based on postcodes, allow users to scan QR codes at venues and book tests if someone has symptoms.

Ms Crosbie said: “I am pleased to see another innovative response to the pandemic from the UK Government.

"As we head into winter, it is vital that we take steps to protect those at risk from this virus. I implore everyone to download this App and follow the guidelines to save lives.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “I am delighted to be launching this NHS Covid-19 App across England and Wales today.

"This App takes our fight against Coronavirus to a new level and I would encourage everyone to download and start using it immediately.

"I know Virginia Crosbie as MP for Ynys Môn and as PPS for Health Ministers will work hard to ensure all her constituents use the App to fight this invisible but deadly enemy and protect communities across the island of Anglesey.”

The App has been designed with user privacy in mind, so it tracks the virus, not people, and uses the latest in data technology to protect privacy. No personal data is shared with the Government or the NHS, and the App does not hold personal information such as names, addresses or dates of birth. The App works by logging the amount of time you spend near other App users, and the distance between you, so it can alert you if someone you have been close to later tests positive for Covid-19 –even if you don’t know each other.

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. Businesses are now required by law to display NHS Test and Trace QR code posters so customers with the NHS Covid-19 App can use it to check-in to venues. So far, more than 90,000 businesses have already downloaded QR codes. Venues in Wales that are legally required to collect and keep a record of visitors will still need to do so.