Coronavirus pandemic: Govt likely to launch Covid tracker app soon

Covid tracker app

Taking the war against Coronavirus pandemic forward, the Government is toying with the idea to launch a path-tracing app to help people to get an idea whether he/she may have crossed paths with someone who is tested positive for COVID-19.

As per a Economic Times report, two government bodies — Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and the Niti Aayog— are working on apps which will be available for smartphone users soon.

Recently in committee meeting on March 25, MeitY and Niti Aayog examined both apps in detail. Once finalised, the best features of both these apps will be taken to develop a single app, which is likely to be rolled out in one or two days in all Indian languages, the report added.

The app will use the individual’s phone number along with the location data of the smartphone, and match their movements with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) backend data.

“We have to ensure that it should work as effectively when millions of users are using the app. It might work very well in a lockdown because your location doesn’t change. But we have to test for all scenarios, especially a post-lockdown one,” the MeitY official was quoted as saying.

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