Greater Manchester residents are being encouraged to help fight coronavirus by taking part in one of the UK's largest studies on the virus.

Virus Watch is aiming to help researchers better understand how the virus spreads in the community and the results generated will help inform the public health and NHS response.

Virus Watch has been funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Medical Research Council.

Residents from all backgrounds are being urged to take part with participants completing regular online symptom surveys and have the option to download a movement tracking app to understand how activities outside the house affect the risk of infection.

Emma Oughton, assistant research delivery manager, NIHR Clinical Research Network Greater Manchester, said: "Virus Watch aims to identify how the virus spreads, and how to stop it and prevent further waves. To achieve this, we need help from people from all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds in Greater Manchester to take part.

"Your involvement really can help us beat the virus."