Aarogya Setu is the official Coronavirus tracking app launched by the Indian Government, as a part of its contribution in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic. The Aarogya Setu Coronavirus tracking app's primary aim is to notify users whether or not they are at the risk of catching COVID-19. The app has been developed by the National Informatics Centre that comes under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. Read on to know everything about the new Aarogya Setu Coronavirus tracker app.
Aarogya Setu app: What is it?
Aarogya Setu, which translates from Sanskrit to 'a bridge of health.' tells users if they can catch Coronavirus and makes use of GPS and Bluetooth to determine if a person is near or have been in contact with a Coronavirus-infected person. The app aims to tell people about the 'best' practices they can follow and the apt sources they can refer to so that people can cope well with the ongoing virus outbreak.
The app is available in 11 languages including English, Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati, among others and needs permission to access a user's location (which is required to be on always), Bluetooth, and data. The app claims to share the user data only with the Government of India and not third parties.
Aarogya Setu app: How to download?
The Aarogya Setu app is available for both Android and iOS users and can be downloaded via both the Google Play Store and the App Store.
- Go to either Google Play Store or the App Store
- Look for Aarogya Setu in the search bar
- Hit the Install option to download it
To recall, last week, MeitY introduced the Corona Kavach app solving a similar purpose. However, the app is in beta as of now and is available only for Android users. The Aarogya Setu app has a cleaner and simpler UI as compared to Corona Kavach and is available for both Android and iOS users. Another distinguishing feature between both apps is that Corona Kavach also lists down the number of active Coronavirus cases in the country.