WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has lauded the Aarogya Setu app developed in India that the government has been using to notify users about coronavirus cases. Tedros said the Aarogya Setu app has helped Indian health authorities identify coronavirus clusters and expand testing in those areas.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said, “Aarogya Setu app from India has been downloaded by 150 million users and has helped city public health departments to identify areas where clusters could be anticipated and expand testing in a targeted way.”

The Aarogya Setu app was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April as the country was going through the first phase of nationwide lockdown. Aarogya Setu app was received with mixed reviews and concerns over privacy issues.

However, the health app developed by the Govt of India has been downloaded by lakhs of people. Centre has been pushing the use of Aarogya Setu app and regular updates on it in case one tests positive for coronavirus and also if someone has contacted a Covid-19 patient.

Soon after its launch, Aarogya Setu quickly became the most-downloaded Covid-19 tracking app in the world. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has also lauded similar apps being operated in Germany and United Kingdom during his media briefing on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, coronavirus cases in India have crossed the 70-lakh mark with over 1.09 lakh people dead so far.

(India today)

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