The government of India launched the Aarogya Setu app for COVID-19 tracking using Bluetooth and location to track users’ interaction with someone who could have been tested positive for COVID-19. The app was launched a few days back on both Android and iOS.
In just 3 days the Aarogya Setu app has reached the number 1st position in the list of top free apps on both Play Store and App Store in the country. It has also crossed 5 million installs, while Arnab Kumar, Program Director of Frontier Technologies at NITI Aayog tweeted that the app has actually managed to gain close to 8 million installs in just three days of launch.
App Store doesn’t reveal the number of installs of the app, but Aarogya Setu is currently at the top position in the Health and Fitness category while the app is also at the top position in the Free Apps section.
What is Aarogya Setu App?
The Aarogya Setu app is recognized as the official source of all information related to coronavirus in India and works as an important tool to reduce or control the spread of the COVID-19. The app provides information regarding risks, best methods and relevant advisories pertaining to the containment of COVID-19 vetted by the Department of Health and Family Welfare.
The government has been using various ways to encourage people to install the app on their devices and one of them is schools.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has advised all schools and institutions to urge students, teachers, parents, staff, and other family members to install the app.
The app also offers supports for some Indian languages, including Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, and English to help the diverse population across states gain access without difficulty.
If you have concerns about privacy the app asks for access to Bluetooth and Location and under the registration process, it notes that “Your data will only be shared with the Government of India. The app does not allow your name and number to be disclosed to the public at large at any time.”