The Indian government launched the Aarogya Setu app on Android and iOS a few days ago. Aarogya Setu crosses 5 million installs in 3 days of its launch. This COVID-19 tracking app uses Bluetooth and location to track your interaction with someone who could have been tested coronavirus positive.
In just three days of launch, the Aarogya Setu app has become the top free app in India on Google Play and App Store both. The app has however managed to attract 5 million installs on Google Play Store. For those unaware, the app essentially helps users identify whether they are at risk of COVID-19 infection. It takes place while checking if the user has come into contact with an infected person knowingly or unknowingly.
At the time of writing, the Aarogya Setu app has over 5 million downloads on Google Play Store. Arnab Kumar, Program Director of Frontier Technologies at NITI Aayog, alongside, tweeted that the app has managed to gain close to 8 million installs in just three days of launch. The App Store does not reveal the number of installs of the app. Therefore, Aarogya Setu is on the top spot in the Health and Fitness section. Meanwhile, it also tops the Free Apps section.
Awareness amongst the students
The Aarogya Setu app is the official source of all coronavirus-related information. Moreover, it is an important tool to curb the spread of COVID-19. Government is encouraging the education systems. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE board) has recommended all schools and institutions. The step has been initiated in order to urge students, teachers, parents, staff, and other family members to install the app.
About the app
The Aarogya Setu app proactively offers information regarding risks, best practices and relevant advisories about the containment of COVID-19. All of the information is vetted by the government’s Department of Health. The app supports a host of Indian languages. It includes Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, and English to help the diverse population across states gain access without difficulty.
To clarify, for those concerned about their privacy, the app asks for access to Bluetooth and Location.
Most importantly, during the registration process, the app also notes, “Your data will only be shared with the Government of India. The app never allows your name and number to be disclosed to the public at any time.”