Adding technical muscle to the nation's fight to contain the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Government of India has launched a COVID-19 risk-tracking Android application which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store, Financial Express.
The mobile application has been designed and developed by a joint effort by the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, headed by Ravi Shankar Prasad and Dr Harsh Vardhan respectively.
The application christened 'Corona Kavach' uses a person's location to assess whether they are in a high risk geographical zone or not. However, it should be noted that the application floated by the Government at the moment is in beta stage.
The application shall use the data to conduct analysis and provide the public information about active COVID-19 cases in India. The application also facilitates a survey to keep a self check, while featuring the capability to help individuals track their breathing capacity.
Additionally, the app will track the data of the users every hour and inform the user if they come within the infection range of a host or carrier of the disease. This will enable identifying the chain of contact. Moreover, the app will also alert the user whether they have crossed paths with any person who has tested positive for the infection.