How does the App work?
PM Modi in a recent address to the nation asked citizens of India to use the Arogya Setu App. As case numbers of COVID-19 crossed 10,000 in India, PM Modi declared an extension of lockdown till 3rd May.
The app’s main motive is to do live monitoring and trace the travel history of the user. It also has the health record of the user. As per the Government, Aarogya Setu uses the live location and Bluetooth-based proximity to keep track of an individual. The app helps users to do a self-test of coronavirus symptoms. Users will receive an alert on entering a coronavirus hotspot zone. The app also notifies the users if they come in contact with a COVID-19 patient. The security in the app is enhanced and fortified with the help of technology shared by Google and Apple.
+ve’s and -ve’s
India leads the way in contact tracing for COVID-19: privacy first by design, secure, robust and scalable to billion users. Glad to see Apple and Google joining hands to develop contact tracing on the lines of Aarogya Setu.Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog
The World Bank praised the app and innovative efforts of the Government, which has proved effective in preventing the community spread of the virus. This is for the first time that the government of India has collected health care data on an individual basis. This data has proved to be very effective for the government in taking action and in framing policies to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Going Digital Across the Globe
Countries across the world have developed Apps to keep track of Coronavirus Cases and to keep people safe from infections. China developed the “Alipay Health Code” app to keep track of people infected with COVID-19. Similarly, Singapore developed the TrackTogether App and BlueTrace online portal to keep track of the number of Coronavirus Cases. eRouška named App was launched by the Czech Republic. Ghana launched the “GH COVID-19 Tracker App”. France came up with the “Stop COVID” Application.