Published On: Sat, Apr 11th, 2020

Aarogya Setu app could be e-pass to facilitate travel amid coronavirus lockdown

New Delhi: Calling upon chief ministers to popularise Aarogya Setu app, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said it will an essential tool in India’s fight against coronavirus and referred to the possibility of the app being an “e-pass which could subsequently facilitate travel from one place to other”.

Aarogya Setu app

Interacting with chief ministers through video conference, the Prime Minister mentioned how South Korea and Singapore had got success in contact tracing and said India has made its own effort through the app amid efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus.

A PMO release said that the Prime Minister spoke about popularizing the Aarogya Setu app to ensure downloads in greater numbers.

“He referred to how South Korea and Singapore got success in contact tracing. Based on those experiences, India has made its own effort through the app which will be an essential tool in India’s fight against the pandemic, he said. He also referred to the possibility of the app being an e-pass which could subsequently facilitate travel from one place to another,” the release said.

The Prime Minister had earlier this week urged people to download the app saying it is an important step in the fight against COVID-19 and its effectiveness will increase as more people use it.

“Aarogya Setu is an important step in our fight against coronavirus. By leveraging technology, it provides important information. As more and more people use it, it’s effectiveness will increase. I urge you all to download it,” he had said in a tweet.

The app launched earlier this month in public-private partnership enables people to themselves assess the risk for their catching the coronavirus infection.

The app makes its calculations based on a person’s interaction with others, using Bluetooth technology, algorithms and artificial intelligence.

ANI

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