“Telephone took 75 years to reach 50 million users, radio 38 yrs,television 13 yrs, Internet 4 yrs, Facebook 19 months, Pokemon Go 19 days. #AarogyaSetu, India’s app to fight COVID-19 has reached 50 mn users in just 13 days — fastest ever globally for an App. Salute the spirit of India!,” tweeted Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant.
On Tuesday, sources told The Indian Express that developers had sent the collected data to the National Centre for Disease Control to cross-verify the findings.
The app, which tells users when they have come into contact with a high-risk or COVID-19 positive person, also determines a risk assessment for each user. Plugging into Indian Council Medical Research Data on positive cases, the app will be used by the government to determine hotspots, developers said.
They also said a new feature to integrate e-passes with the app is ready. The app will also integrate information about Suraksha Stores, a government initiative to convert local kirana stores into sanitised retail outlets.
While defence personnel have been advised to download it, caution would need to be exercised considering the sensitivity of their postings. The app requires location services and Bluetooth to be left on at all times, but cybersecurity policies of the services would not allow that. Service personnel have been “advised not to use app in office premises/ operational areas/ sensitive locations”.
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