Not having the Aarogya Setu app on smartphones while out in a public place in Noida or Greater Noida will be considered a violation of the coronavirus-forced lockdown and attract punishment, according to new guidelines issued by the police. Smartphones Without Arogya Setu.
Actions will also be taken against such people. People going outside without a mask or spitting in public places said a police inspector of Gautam Buddh Nagar in western Uttar Pradesh.
Arogya Setu is a mobile application developed by the central government. This app will help government to connect essential health services with the people over the fight against COVID-19.
The app is aimed at carrying out instructions given by the Central Government. 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 district police had on Sunday announced extending the Criminal Procedure Code section 144, which bars assembly of 4 or more people, till May 17, because the central government extended the nationwide lockdown by another period of time during a bid to test the spread of the virus.
“Spitting in public places will attract punishment along with a fine. Not wearing a face mask in public places or offices will also be a punishable offense.”
“If smartphone users do not have the Aarogya Setu app installed on their mobile phones, then that will be punishable and considered a violation of the lockdown directions,” Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, Law, and Order, Ashutosh Dwivedi said.
During the lockdown period any political, social, religious, sports gatherings will remain banned in Noida and Greater Noida.
“The central government has extended the lockdown till May 17 in view of the coronavirus pandemic. Gautam Buddh Nagar has been identified as ”red zone” and hotspots have been identified here.