Govt Launches ‘Arogya Setu’ App to track the Spread of COVID-19

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The Government of India is stepping up its efforts to make credible information about the Coronavirus Pandemic accessible to the masses with the launch of a new tracking app, Aarogya Setu.

The app is available on both the iOS and Android smartphones and can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play Store. According to the report, it is aimed at “augmenting” efforts to proactively inform the citizens about the “best practices and relevant advisories related to the containment of the Coronavirus Pandemic.”

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Aarogya Setu app helps users in identifying whether they are at risk of being infected by the COVID-19 by checking if they have knowingly or unknowingly come into contact with the individuals that have been tested positive with the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic.

The app was first spotted by the Next Web, which states that Aarogya Setu uses a government database of infected people to function. It was developed by the NIC (National Informatics Center), which falls under the department of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeiTY).

The app, as of now, supports 11 different Indian languages, which includes the Hindi, English, and requires access to both Bluetooth and location to determine if you have recently come in contact with a Coronavirus positive patient. People will have to first register their mobile number before using the Aarogya Setu app.

The app also asks users to enter their credentials, but that step is optional. The government also claims that the data stores on the application are fully “encrypted” and do not share any third-party vendors. The app will also tell if you are in a safe location or not. Android users will also receive live tweets from the Ministry of Health.

Both the state and union governments have launched a host of COVID related apps over the last few weeks to curb the spread of fake information about the pandemic in the country.