BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: The Indian government’s coronavirus tracking app Aarogya Setu was launched on Thursday. The app uses your smartphone’s location data and Bluetooth to check if you have been near, or in contact with, a Covid-19 patient. Aarogya Setu also uses a database to keep a tab on known cases across the country.
Here is some key points about the app:
- It’s currently available for Android and Apple smartphones and is free to download.
* Can download it from the Play Store and the App Store and you need to register with your phone number.
* The app has an option to enter your health stats and other credentials as well.
* The app has been developed by the National Informatics Centre that comes under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity).
* Aarogya Setu uses the government database of known Covid-19 cases in the country.
* The app uses your phone’s location to determine where you are and Bluetooth connectivity to check if you have been within six feet of a Covid-affected person.
* Based on these two, the app tells you if you are at ‘high risk’ or not.
* For the app to work you need to give it location access and keep Bluetooth on all the time.
* If you are at ‘high risk’ or in a ‘high risk’ area, the app will ask you to go for a test and call the toll-free number 1075 to schedule an appointment at the nearest testing centre.
* Aarogya Setu also suggests tips on how to take basic precautions to prevent getting the virus.
* The app will share your data with the government in case you test positive for Covid-19 or if you came in contact with the Covid-19 positive patient.
* The chatbot in the app can answer basic queries and help you check symptoms. It also gives you state-specific helpline numbers.
* The app is currently supported in 11 languages.
With Agency inputs