Aarogya Setu app may soon act as an e-pass and may allow people to move around during lockdown.

The move will also increase the app’s download in smartphones, which in turn will help the government gather more COVID-19 data from different areas.

“Empowered Group constituted for Logistics and Secretary Consumer Affairs have to take the call as many States have systems to issue the e-passes,” Hindustan Times reported quoting a senior government official.

“There have been suggestions to build in this functionality in the Aarogya Setu App – the idea is good and technical feasibility of the same is being worked out,” the newspaper further reported.

The official, however, said that it is not sure as to when will this be made official.

The Aarogya Setu app uses a person’s smartphone’s location data and Bluetooth to check if a person has been near, or have been in contact with a COVID-19 patient.

The app was launched on April 2 and since then it has already crossed 10 million downloads.


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