South Asian communities urged to download NHS COVID-19 App


LONDON: People across England and Wales are being urged to download the NHS COVID-19 app to help control the spread of coronavirus and protect themselves and their loved ones as case numbers rise.To show their support, well-known faces, including actor Ameet Chana, dance sensation Madhu Singh, magician and content creator Arshdeep Soni, have come together in a new film with healthcare professionals and community influencers, to encourage the South Asian community to download the new NHS COVID-19 App, which is now available to download from the Google and Apple App stores.The app has launched this week and, after positive trials and rigorous testing, is an important new tool to work alongside traditional contact tracing to help reduce the spread of the virus.

In the film voices outline the reasons why they’ve downloaded the app – whether it is to protect loved ones, to know what to do if you develop symptoms orto know if you live in a high-risk area. Thissupport echoes a national drive which aims to raise awareness that downloading the app will help control the spread of the virus and protect themselves and their loved ones as case numbers rise.

It will be available to those aged 16 and over in multiple languages. It forms a central part of the NHS Test and Trace service in England and the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect programme – identifying contacts of those who have tested positive for coronavirus.

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 free test if needed and get your test results.