The government has launched the Arogya Setu App for Coronavirus

Arogya Setu

New App for Corona Virus

The government has launched the Arogya Setu App, which assesses the risk of infection with the coronavirus. Nita Verma, director-general of the National Informatics Center, told a press conference here Thursday that the app will help the government take appropriate steps to assess the risk of the spread of COVID-19 infection and ensure the survey if necessary. It is available in 11 languages ​​and is ready for use from day one nationally and has a design that can carry more load. 

HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Aarogya Setu uses Location and Bluetooth access to function 
  • Users can register with their mobile number 
  • Aarogya Setu has an elaborate Privacy Policy 

About the Aarogya Setu App –

The Indian government has officially launched its COVID-19 tracking app, Aarogya Setu, for Android and iOS users. The app has been developed by the National Informatics Centre that comes under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. According to the app’s description, it is at “augmenting” efforts to “proactively” inform the citizens about the “best practices and relevant advisories about the containment of COVID-19.” Both union and state governments have launched a host of coronavirus-related apps over the last few weeks to curb the spread of the pandemic in the country. 

Aarogya Setu (which translates from Sanskrit to ‘A bridge of health’) app essentially helps users in identifying whether they are at risk of coronavirus infection, by checking if they have been in contact with a COVID-19 infected individual, even unknowingly. 

The COVID-19 tracker app currently supports 11 languages, including Hindi and English, and requires Bluetooth and Location access to function. To use the Aarogya Setu app, users would first need to register with their mobile number. After completing the first step, the app asks users for their credentials, which is optional. For those concerned about the Privacy Policy of the app, the government claims that the stored data is “encrypted,” and it will work with any third party vendors.  

Arogya Setu

How To Use Aarogya Setu

After reaching the home screen of the Aarogya Setu app, based on the users’ location, it tells them whether they are in a safe place or not. Android users of the app, however, can also see live tweets from the Ministry of Health. Overall, both the Android and Apple version of the app offers the same features, including access to best practices and advisories around coronavirus in India. 

Last week, it reported that the NITI Aayog is also working on a coronavirus-tracker app, which was as Cowin-20. The Next Web claims that Aarogya Setu is the final version of Cowin-20. Meanwhile, several state governments have also launched their respective coronavirus tracking apps to combat the spread of the pandemic across the country. 

Developed in a public-private partnership to unite people to combat COVID-19, this app named ‘Arogyasetu’ is connected to Digital India for the health and well being of every Indian. It will enable people to assess the risk of catching the coronavirus infection. It will calculate it based on their interactions with others, using state-of-the-art Bluetooth technology, techniques, systems of rules to solve mathematics questions (algorithms), and artificial intelligence. It is a link between the public and private sectors, digital technology and health services at the same time, and the potential of young India and the country’s disease-free and healthy future. 

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