New Delhi: Taking the help of technology to alert citizens on the coronavirus pandemic, the Central government on Thursday launched a mobile app to help people assess themselves the risk of catching coronavirus infection. Also Read - 130 Crore Indians Are United to Defeat COVID-19, Yet Congress Playing Politics: Amit Shah
Named as ‘AarogyaSetu’, the app can alert authorities if they have come in close contact with a person infected with the deadly virus. Also Read - CRPF Doctor Based in Delhi Tests Positive For COVID-19
Available in 11 languages, the App has been developed in a public-private partnership to bring the people of India together in a resolute fight against COVID-19. Also Read - ‘Govt Should Form Economic Task Force to Address COVID-19 Crisis,’ Says Congress at CWC Meet
As per updates, the app will detect only fresh cases and will send out alerts to only those who have been nearby the infected person.
“The App, called ‘AarogyaSetu’ joins Digital India for the health and well-being of every Indian. It will enable people to assess themselves the risk of catching the coronavirus infection. It will calculate this based on their interaction with others, using cutting edge bluetooth technology, algorithms and artificial intelligence,” the government said in a statement.
Anybody, who is clinically tested positive with the infection, the mobile number of the infected person is included in the register maintained by the health ministry and it will be updated on the app as well.
“Once installed in a smartphone through an easy and user-friendly process, the app detects other devices with AarogyaSetu installed that come in the proximity of that phone. The app can then calculate the risk of infection based on sophisticated parameters if any of these contacts are tested positive,” the statement further added.
The development comes after Health Ministry officials updated that 2,116 people in the country have been diagnosed with the infection out of which there are 150 have been cured or discharged and 1,764 cases remain active.
On March 24, the Central government announced a 21 lockdown and urged all to maintain social distancing to avoid the risk of getting infected with the deadly virus.
“The App will help the government take necessary timely steps for assessing the risk of spread of COVID-19 infection, and ensuring isolation where required,” the statement said.