Residents of Rhondda Cynon Taf are being urged to download the new NHS COVID-19 contact-tracing app from the Apple App Store or Google Play store

Launched today (Thursday, September 24), people aged 16 and over living in Wales and England are being asked to download the app onto their smartphones.

NHS COVID-19 instructs users to self-isolate for 14 days if it detects they were nearby someone who has the virus. It also has a check-in scanner to alert owners if a venue they have visited is found to be an outbreak hotspot.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Leader, Councillor Andrew Morgan, said: “I urge everyone to download this NHS COVID-19 app if they are able to do so. It will help to protect themselves, their loved ones, and those who live in their communities.

“It is easy to download and provides instant information to the user at such a crucial time in all of our lives, particularly in light of the current local restrictions introduced by the Welsh Government for Rhondda Cynon Taf.

“The more users that download the app, the more detailed the picture that can be gained of how the virus is spreading and help to both support the existing Test Trace Protect programme and inform decisions in the fight to stop transmission of the virus.” 

Until we have a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19, we need to stop the spread of coronavirus by testing and contact tracing. Download the NHS COVID-19 app from the Apple app store or Google Play store.

As well as playing a part in helping to inform decisions to stop the spread of the virus, residents are reminded to follow the basic and simple actions to minimise their own risk of catching or spreading the disease:

  • Maintaining 2-metre social distancing from others outside your own household at all times where practicably possible.
  • Wear a face mask or covering appropriately in all indoor public settings, including supermarkets and shops, as mandated by the Welsh Government. RCT residents are also advised to wear face masks or coverings in outdoor settings where they are likely to encounter people outside of your household. This should be followed in these circumstances unless you have an exemption or a valid reason for not wearing a face mask or covering.
  • Wash hands thoroughly and regularly.

By downloading and using the app, you can help keep your family and friends safe. The more people who use the app, the greater our chances of reducing the spread of the virus.

The NHS COVID-19 app is an important part of the Welsh Government’s Test Trace Protect programme to control the spread of COVID-19. The app will be used, alongside the existing contact tracing system, to notify users if they come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus.

The app allows people to report symptoms, order a coronavirus test, check in to venues by scanning a QR code and helps the NHS trace individuals that may have coronavirus.

The NHS COVID-19 app will also help the NHS understand if the virus is spreading in a particular area, and so local authorities can respond quickly to stop it spreading further and save lives.

The app does this while protecting a user’s anonymity. Nobody, including the Government, will know who or where a particular user is.

More information can be found on NHS Covid-19 website

Posted on Friday 25th September 2020

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