New Delhi | Jagran Technology Desk: Amid the alarming spike in the number of coronavirus cases in India, the government will likely make Aarogya Setu app – India’s coronavirus tracking app -- mandatory for all new smartphones before they can be set up and used, said media reports.

According to a report by Live Mint, the government has asked companies to pre-install the app on phones earlier. The Live Mint reported that the move will now be possible as mobile phone manufacturing is expected to resume their services after the relaxation of lockdown in phases from May 3.

In order to enforce the decision, the government will likely appoint nodal agencies and they will be responsible to have the app installed without a skippable step for all new devices, reported News 18.   

So far, the Aarogya Setu app has been installed by over 7.5 crore people across the country. The central government has also asked its 48.34 lakh employees to download app "immediately" and report to office only when it shows "safe" status for commuting.

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“Before starting for office, they must review their status on 'Aarogya Setu' and commute only when the app shows 'safe' or 'low risk' status,” the government said in its report.

“The officers and staff are advised that in case the app shows a message that he/she has 'moderate' or 'high-risk', calculated on the basis of Bluetooth proximity ("recent contact with infected person"), he/she should not come to office and self-isolate for 14 days or till the status becomes 'safe' or 'low-risk',” it added.

The Aarogya Setu app has been developed by the government and it helps people to assess themselves on the risk of them contracting the coronavirus infection.

For this the people would need to provide their details and register to it. The data provided by the user is said to be encrypted and is sent to the government's server anonymously.  

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma