BCP Council is urging residents to download the new NHS Test and Trace app, which has just been launched by the Government.

A council spokesman said: "It's the fastest way to see if you’re at risk from the virus and the best way to protect yourselves and your loved ones.

"The more people who download it, the more effective it will be."

The app can be downloaded via the App Store or Google Play, or search for NHS COVID-19.

It is supposed to work by using Bluetooth technology to identify phones nearby, and can tell what distance other people are from you.

The spokesman said: "If you come within two metres for 15 minutes or more of someone with the app who has tested positive, you will receive an alert notification to tell you that you must self-isolate."

It also features a check-in system which will record venues you have visited over the last 21 days.