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COVID-19: WHO Lauds India’s Aarogya Setu App

Geneva: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has lauded India’s Aarogya Setu app during COVID-19 virtual media briefing at Geneva on Tuesday.

WHO chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the app helped city public health departments identify clusters and expand testing in the second worst affected country.

“The 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,” said Dr. Tedros at the press briefing.

Aarogya Setu is a COVID-19 tracking mobile application developed by the National Informatics Centre that comes under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, government of India.

The app is aimed at augmenting the initiatives of the Central government, particularly the department of health, in proactively reaching out to and informing the users of the app regarding risks, best practices and relevant advisories pertaining to the containment of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, coronavirus cases in India have crossed the 72-lakh mark with over 63 new cases on Wednesday.

(Edited By Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)

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