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“Innovative solutions can greatly educate”: World Bank praises India’s Aarogya Setu app

Citing example of the app, a World Bank report said innovative solutions can greatly help educate and track contagion across the populations at large.

South Economic Focus report of the World Bank said that digital technology can also be used to monitor the spread of Covid-19.

It said India recently launched Aarogya Setu app that uses location data from persons’ smartphones to tell users if they have been near someone who tested positive for Covid-19.

Global tech majors Apple and Google said on Saturday that they are building a software into smartphones that will help in contact tracing and inform users whether they were in touch with Covid-19 infected persons.

Reacting to the development, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said that India leads the way in contact tracing for Covid-19. In a tweet he said glad to see Apple and Google joining hands to develop contact tracing on the line of Aarogya Setu. 

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