The Aarogya Setu app is an initiative by the Indian government to trace the COVID-19 infected areas that have proven to be effective to contain further transmission of the coronavirus. This mobile application was launched on April 2 and has been installed by 100 million people to date in the country.
The app had reached the 50 million mark within 13 days of its launch and made a world record amongst the non- gaming games for having maximum downloads within such a short period of time.
Though questions were aroused on its security issues by an ethical hacker Elliot Anderson, our government rejected all accusations and claimed the app to be completely safe for use.
It has emanated as an effectual tool to curb the pandemic and has forewarned 1.4 lakh users about their probable chances of getting affected by the deadly pathogen. It has, in turn, helped to fathom out “whom to test” and “where to test more” for fighting against the highly contagious disease.
The Aarogya Setu app has been made compulsory for all those travelling by train or in flight.
Currently, the app is available in 11 regional languages namely Hindi, English, Bengali, Gujarati, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi, Marathi, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu. This will soon be made accessible in all 22 different languages in India.
The app can be downloaded both on Android and iPhone from Google Play Store and Apple Store respectively.