Aarogya Setu, the most downloaded health app in the world, according to Amitabh Kant

Aarogya Setu is currently available on iOS and Android, and nearly 9 million users have already downloaded the app

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Aarogya Setu, the government’s mobile application for contact tracing and dissemination of medical advisories to users to contain the spread of coronavirus, became the world’s most downloaded healthcare app in April, according to NITI Aayog’s chief executive, Amitabh Kant. Also across genres, the app was among the top 10 most downloaded during the month.

Currently available on iOS and Android platforms, Aarogya Setu has been downloaded by 90 million users through May 4. In its guidelines for the third phase of the nationwide lockdown, the Home Office (MHA) has made it compulsory for all private and public sector employees to download use the app and help fight Covid-19.

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“Incredible! India is leading the world in using technology to fight COVID-19. #AarogyaSetu: Most downloaded healthcare app and top 10 most downloaded apps in the world in April 2020 in the 1st month itself. Never seen before. We are united in our fight against COVID-19,” Kant tweeted.

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Earlier this week, Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Aarogya Setu app was “secure” and there was no breach of privacy. He dismissed accusations that it was a “sophisticated surveillance system” used to track citizens without their consent.

A version of Aarogya Setu will soon be available for JioPhone’s 100 million users; testing of the solution for this is currently underway.

The mobile app helps users identify if they are at risk for Covid-19. It also provides people with important information, including ways to avoid the coronavirus and its symptoms. The MHA also said the mobile app was essential for people living in coronavirus containment zones.

ALSO READ: Better Use ‘Aarogya Setu’ App In Noida Or Be Prepared To Face Punishment As part of its efforts to combat the deadly coronavirus, the government last month launched the Aarogya Setu app – the name literally means health bridge – a Bluetooth and GPS-based system developed by the National Informatics Center of the country. The app alerts users who may have come into contact with people who have tested positive for Covid-19 or deemed to be at high risk. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged people to download the app, saying it is a beneficial use of technology to fight coronavirus.

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First published: Saturday 09 May 2020. 08:16 IST

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