NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said that Aarogya Setu team has forecasted more than 650 hotspots at sub-post office level, which is in addition to 300 emerging hotspots which could have been missed otherwise.
The mobile application, Aarogya Setu, is used by the government for contact tracing and disseminating medical advisories to users in order to contain the spread of COVID-19. The tech giants is not going to allow apps reminiscent of Aarogya Setu, that use Global Positioning System and are made obligatory, to use their instruments. The Union Home Ministry has also said the mobile app will be a must for people living in COVID-19 containment zones.
And in Noida, a hub for smartphone manufacturing on the outskirts of New Delhi, police are utilizing the nation's prison code to guarantee everybody on the street has downloaded the app. The Ministry of Railways, which now runs special trains to take people to their hometowns, has instructed all passengers to download the app before starting their journey.
Ajay Prakash, secretary, minister of electronics and information technology, said the app has alerted about 1 lakh users about the possibility of the virus.
The Airports Authority of India has issued a guideline to be adhered to be all the passengers, including mandatory download of Aarogya setu app, wearing of a mark and other protective gears, maintaining 4 feet physical distance from co-passengers, web check-in etc. The government doesn't make this app as open-source for the same reason.
That push, which additionally lead to fears of a surveillance state, was reined in by India's prime court docket in 2018. Its use has been made compulsory in some places. "It is mandatory for passengers to download Aarogya Setu app in their mobile phones, before commencing their journey", the Indian Railways had said in a tweet at the time.
So far nearly 100 million Indian smartphone customers have downloaded the app since its launch in early April. The Aarogya Setu being made available on the Jio Store means they're now included in the contact tracing pool - important for a country with a huge population like ours.
But the obligatory use of the app may marginalise these individuals if the principles imply they can not get on a practice to go to work.