Elliot Colburn is urging residents to download the new NHS covid app which launched today.

The call comes after Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned that the UK is at "tipping point" as cases continue to rise in the UK.

The app will alert users who have been in close contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus, as well as providing risk alerts based on a user’s postcode.

The app works by logging the amount of time you spend near other app users, and the distance between you, even if you do not know each other.

It will advise you to self-isolate if you have been in close contact with a confirmed case.

Businesses are now required by law to display NHS Test and Trace QR code posters so customers with the app can use it to check-in to venues.

So far, more than 90,000 businesses have already downloaded QR codes.

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Elliot Colburn said: “Recent days have been a stark reminder of the threat that coronavirus still poses to our community.

"The app will be an important tool for helping to reduce the spread of the virus.

I urge everyone to download this new app as soon as possible, to protect themselves and their loved ones.

“And of course, it is vital that all of us continue to follow those golden rules of Hands, Face, Space, and that people self-isolate when told to do so.”

The app has been through successful trials in the Isle of Wight, Newham and among NHS Volunteer Responders.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said:

“We are at a tipping point in our efforts to control the spread of this virus.

With infection rates rising we must use every tool at our disposal to prevent transmission, including the latest technology.

“We have worked extensively with tech companies, international partners, and privacy and medical experts – and learned from the trials – to develop an app that is secure, simple to use and will help keep our country safe.

“Today’s launch marks an important step forward in our fight against this invisible killer and I urge everyone who can to download and use the app to protect themselves and their loved ones.”