Coronavirus: Aarogya Setu app registers nine crore downloads: Niti Aayog CEO
Aarogya Setu, a government app for tracking coronavirus patients, has recorded close to 90 million (nine crore) downloads till date, and is being updated with features like telemedicine, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said late Monday.
The Centre has made it mandatory for government and private sector employees to use Aarogya Setu mobile application to bolster the efforts to fight COVID-19 pandemic, and entrusted the organisational heads with ensuring its 100 percent coverage.
"The Aaroygya Setu app has close to 90 million downloads till date, and is being regularly updated, with feature like telemedicine being added," Kant told reporters in a media briefing.
The mobile application helps users identify whether they are at risk of COVID-19 infection. It also provides people with important information such as ways to avoid coronavirus infection.
Kant, who heads the Empowered Group 6 on coordinating with private sector NGOs and international organisations to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, said the panel has mobilised more than 92,000 NGOs/CSOs (civil society organisations) registered on NGO Darpan.
"EG 6 has made an appeal to NGOs and CSOs to assist states and districts in identifying hotspots, deputing volunteers and helping people in need," he said.
Kant also pointed out that the 112 aspirational districts of India are leading India's fight against COVID-19.
"As of now there are about 610 cases in 112 aspirational districts which is considered fairly low at less than 2 percent of the national level of infections," he said.
Kant pointed out that the EG 6 has mobilised various UN agencies and facilitated them in creating timely response action plans in coordination with various states and line ministries through intensive collaboration with the UN Resident Coordinator for India, and country heads of the WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP, ILO, UN Women, UN-Habitat, FAO, World Bank, and Asian Development Bank.
The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 1,389 and the number of cases climbed to 42,836 in the country on Monday, according to the Union Health Ministry.