WHO lauds India’s Aarogya Setu app, says it helped officers determine clusters


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WHO lauds India’s Aarogya Setu app, says it helped officers determine clusters

The World Well being Organisation (WHO) has lauded Aarogya Setu, a cell utility that was launched by the Authorities of India for shielding the residents throughout COVID-19. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director Normal of the well being company, stated that the app helped metropolis public well being departments determine clusters and develop testing.

“Aarogya Setu app from India has been downloaded by 150 million customers, and has helped metropolis public well being departments to determine areas the place clusters might be anticipated and develop testing in a focused means,” Dr. Tedros stated at a press briefing. 

The app is designed to tell the individuals of any potential threat of COVID-19 an infection round them, finest practices to remain wholesome, and related/curated medical advisories pertaining to the pandemic. A number of the key options of the app embody computerized contact tracing utilizing bluetooth, self-assessment take a look at primarily based on ICMR pointers, threat standing of a consumer, updates and advisory/finest practices associated to COVID-19, geo-location primarily based COVID-19 statistics, nationwide COVID-19 statistics, emergency COVID-19 helpline contacts, record of ICMR permitted labs with COVID-19 testing amenities, e-pass integration together with assist for 12 languages. 

Earlier in September, the federal government had assured the Parliament that the app has maintained utmost transparency in all points. He stated that the app has been “indigenously designed to cater to the precise demographics of India, and the featrues and functionalities within the app are constructed accordingly. 

Aarogya Setu is the most important COVID-19 contact tracing app on this planet with over 15.71 crore registered customers, Sanjay Dhotre, Minister of State for Electronics and IT, had knowledgeable the Parliament. The app’s knowledge is encrypted in transit in addition to at relaxation. Private data supplied on the time of registration is encrypted earlier than being uploaded to the back-end server, the place it’s saved in encrypted kind, he stated, including that the info collected by the app is ruled by stipulated protocols and coverage.

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