A new NHS app to "enhance and support" the test and trace service is launching today, and Wiltshire residents are encouraged to download it.

The NHS COVID-19 app is available from today on both Apple and Android smartphones.

All people have to do it is search for ‘NHS Covid-19’ on their app store.

The app will "support and enhance" the NHS test and trace service and help health professionals understand quickly if the virus is spreading in any particular area.

Businesses such as pubs, restaurants and cafes are legally required to display a QR poster for the public to scan and log their attendance as they enter the premises.

For those who don’t have the app, they can still log-in their attendance at the venue using the business’ own alternative system.

The app also allows people to report symptoms and order a Covid-19 test.

Wiltshire Council will have QR posters up at their public buildings, such as hubs, libraries and leisure centres.

Cllr Philip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council, said: “We are seeing COVID-19 spikes across the country so I urge people to download the app and help support the test and trace service so together we can keep the virus under control here in Wiltshire and protect people as much as possible.

“Finally, as ever, we ask that people continue to play their part by washing hands regularly, socially distancing, wearing face coverings where appropriate, and following the latest guidance. We really do appreciate everyone’s support."