ISLAND MP Bob Seely has applauded the Isle of Wight's success in implementing the NHS coronavirus app, as the nationwide rollout begins.

The MP said that more than 53,000 Islanders currently using the app are continuing to provide valuable data on how coronavirus spreads.

Mr Seely said: "The app remains an important part of the trace and test programme which the UK is putting in place. It is not, and never has been, a stand-alone project, but is part of the wider three-pronged approach.

"There will be upgrades to it and when we know more, I will pass that information on, but nothing specifically has changed. The app continues to be used and tested prior to national roll-out.

“I would ask Islanders to download (or continue with) the app. It helps to keep us safe, to reduce the Covid-19 infections on the Island and assist the rest of the country.

"Every day, health and digital professionals are learning more about how the app works in practise and identifying how it can be improved.

"We still have at least another week of the Island continuing to undertake this important role for the rest of the UK, so I would encourage all those using the app to provide feedback online or through my office.

"Working together, we can help make ourselves and our country safer."