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Aarogya Setu app now mandatory for all central govt employees

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Mandatory Alert: All the central government employees will have to download the Aarogya Setu app for safety and security purposes.

“Before starting for office, they must review their status on ‘Aarogya Setu’ and commute only when the app shows ‘safe’ or ‘low risk’ status,” it said.

Aarogya Setu, a mobile app developed by the ministry of electronics and IT to help citizens identify their risk of contracting Covid-19 (coronavirus), has notched up more than 50Million downloads till date.

Let us first understand the functionality of the app:

The steps required to use the app are as follows:
1. After you've run the app, allow it to access your device's location, as prompted.
2. You'll get an OTP, enter it and you are on.
3. Choose your gender from the options given.
4. Enter your full name, then age, and then profession, as asked.
5. You'll be asked about your foreign travel history in the last 30 days. Give the appropriate answer. Your foreign travel history, if any, will be matched with that of those who've tested positive, with the help of ICMR database.

The officers and staff are advised that in case the app shows a message that they have a ‘moderate’ or ‘high risk’ calculated on the basis of Bluetooth proximity (“recent contact with infected person”), they should not come to office and self isolate for 14 days or until the status becomes ‘safe’ or ‘low risk’, the Personnel Ministry said.

In a communication issued to all departments, it said all the officers, staff (including outsourced staff) working in central government should download ‘Aarogya Setu’ application on their mobile phones, immediately.

The Aarogya Setu application developed by the government helps people to assess themselves on the risk of their catching the coronavirus infection.

Not just them, Zomato has also instructed it’s delivery partners to download the app and only work if they are in the safe or low-risk zone.

“We are also going to showcase that our delivery partners are using the Aarogya Setu app on the Zomato app so that our users feel confident in getting their essentials home-delivered, and not step out. This is the first time we have mandated our delivery partners to do anything special. For what it’s worth, we have never even mandated our delivery partners to wear the ubiquitous red t-shirt,” said Deepinder Goyal, Co-founder and CEO, Zomato in an official blog.

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