NHS COVID-19 app an important way to help keep Wales safe

Don’t forget to download and use the app because the more people do so the more it will help reduce and manage the spread of COVID. You can find out how to download the app here.

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 app will advise you to self-isolate if you have been in close contact with a confirmed case. It will also enable you to check symptoms, book a test if needed and get your test results.

The app features are:

  • Alert: lets you know the level of coronavirus risk in your postcode district;
  • Trace: get alerted if you’ve been near other app users who have tested;
  • Check-in: get alerted if you have recently visited a venue where you may have come into contact with coronavirus;
  • Symptoms: check if you have coronavirus symptoms and see if you need to order a free test;
  • Test: helps you book a test and get your result quickly;
  • Isolate: keep track of your self-isolation countdown and access relevant advice.

It’s supporting our NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service and will work alongside the existing manual contact tracing system.

Wales’ Health Minister Vaughan Gething said: “The launch of the NHS COVID-19 app is an important part of Wales’ coronavirus response, supporting the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect programme. The more people who download and use this app, the more it will help us to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“We have worked closely with the app development team to ensure it works seamlessly across Wales and England, providing people with the right advice based on where they live. In Wales, the app will complement our existing contact tracing and testing services and will further support our co-ordinated response to COVID-19 at both a local and national level.

“I strongly encourage everyone in Wales to download and use the app to keep Wales safe.”

The app has been designed with user privacy in mind, so it tracks the virus, not people and uses the latest in data security technology to protect privacy. The system generates a random ID for an individual’s device, which can be exchanged between devices via Bluetooth. These unique random IDs regenerate frequently to add an extra layer of security and preserve anonymity.

The app does not hold personal information such as your name, address or date of birth, and only requires the first half of your postcode to ensure local outbreaks can be managed.


What this means for businesses

This doesn’t replace the existing need for high risk businesses across Wales to record details of visitors and customers to their premises. It is still the law in Wales for high risk businesses to record visitors and to keep those details for 21 days. This includes pubs, restaurants, close contact services such as hairdressers and barbers, indoor leisure centres and gyms, cinemas, casinos and bingo halls.

Find more information about the app and how to download the unique QR code for your business here.

 

 

 
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