Aarogya Setu
Aarogya Setu

With the government constantly urging the citizens of India to install the Aarogya Setu app on their smartphone, recent reports from Mint suggests that phone makers have been asked by the government to pre-install the app by default on all smartphone devices.

The report further adds that due to the halt in manufacturing caused by the lockdown, the phone companies could not follow the orders earlier, but are to fulfill the same as the lockdown lifts.

Aarogya Setu, a coronavirus tracking app, launched by the Union Health Ministry on April 2 has been downloaded by 75 million people so far.

Developed by the National Informatics Centre, a part of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the app helps users identify whether they are at a risk of COVID-19 infection.

The mobile app uses phone location and Bluetooth sensors to detect user's movements. If two people, who have installed the app, come in close proximity with each other and if one of them happens to be at a risk of the coronavirus infection, the other person will be immediately informed by a notification on his/her mobile phone. The app also provides precautionary measures that people can use to stay safe amidst the pandemic.

The Google Play description reads, "Aarogya Setu is a mobile application developed by the Government of India to connect essential health services with the people of India in our combined fight against COVID-19. The App is aimed at augmenting the initiatives of the Government of India, particularly the Department of Health, in proactively reaching out to and informing the users of the app regarding risks, best practices and relevant advisories pertaining to the containment of COVID-19."

The app is available in 11 languages and is available on both Android as well as iOS devices.

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