India’s COVID-19 tracker app reaches 10 crore downloads mark

Indian government’s mobile app designed to track Covid-19 patients now has 10 crore downloads. Aarogya Setu app has alerted around 1.4 lakh users in the country for possible risk of infection.

The government officials confirmed that the app has generated information about 697 hotspots in India. The railways has made it mandatory for travellers to download the app. Anybody availing the special train services need to have the app on their device. Even the air passengers may be asked to download the app.

The app has reached 10 crore downloads mark in just 41 days. It was launched on April 2nd. It reached the 5 crore mark in just 13 days after the launch. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, “Aarogya Setu is an important step in our fight against COVID-19. By leveraging technology, it provides important information. As more and more people use it, its effectiveness will increase. I urge all to download it.”

Aarogya Setu uses Bluetooth and GPS connectivity to track COVID-19 infection. On the app, users can check whether they have been in contact with the infected person. It also allows users to self-assess their symptoms.

The government is going to ask the police force to randomly conduct checks on people to see if they have the app installed on their phone or not. If anyone is found to be roaming on the streets without the app, they may be fined.

The contract tracing app launched on April 2nd has been proven effective in India’s fight against Covid-19 outbreak. It has gone through various updates since the launch. The latest addition includes a section that functions as an e-pass for those who need to travel during the lockdown.