Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of the World Health Organization stated that India’s coronavirus contact tracing app has been helping to identify clusters where there is a chance of an increase in Covid-19 cases. Aarogya Setu app is among numerous technology means to assist the public health departments in identifying groups and expanding testing.
In the latest WHO’s media briefing, the director-general highlighted the necessity to realise the technology that is tried and tested as a public health tool which includes self-isolation, contract tracing, mobile apps that can ease the chain of Covid-19 transmission. He also mentioned that the Aarogya Setu app is one app that has been downloaded by 150 million users in India. It has served the city public departments to recognise areas where clusters could be foreseen and can increase Covid-19 testing in such places to stop the spread.
In the month of April, Government had launched the Aarogya Setu contact tracking app to warn users if they get in close contact with a coronavirus infected person.
The app also makes users cognizant if they have possibilities to get infected with the coronavirus. In May, weeks later of its launch, cyber law authorities and experts had said the app was furthermore closed and without sufficient data protection standards. Following this, the government published the source code of the app in an effort to encourage transparency.
Ghebreyesus also mentioned that other than India, countries like Germany, the United Kingdom has also come up with a similar app called Corona Warn App and NHS’s Covid-19 app for contact tracing. This has also helped healthcare systems in tracing probably infected persons.
WHO is working with these countries to evaluate, understand and check the effectiveness of their digital applications. Prior to this, WHO chief had also appreciated India’s efforts in holding the spread of Covid-19 in Dharavi slum which is situated in Mumbai, stating that notwithstanding the outbreak is very serious, it was taken under control.