Aar­o­gya Setu alerted about 650 clus­ters

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - SPOTLIGHT - Rhythma Kaul let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEWDELHI: The Aar­o­gya Setu pre­dicted 650 po­ten­tial coro­n­avirus dis­ease (Covid-19) hotspots cor­rectly and more than 300 oth­ers that could turn into one, the govern­ment’s ad­vi­sory body Niti Aayog said in a state­ment, while adding that close to 100 mil­lion peo­ple have now reg­is­tered on it.

The tool is meant to speed up trac­ing of con­tacts of an in­fected per­son so that they can be iso­lated be­fore they spread the dis­ease fur­ther, but has be­come con­tro­ver­sial due to the amount of per­sonal data – such as lo­ca­tion de­tails – it re­quires and pos­si­ble vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties in its de­sign and cod­ing that could ex­pose such in­for­ma­tion.

With the new de­tails, the de­vel­op­ers now sug­gest the anal­y­sis of the data could be help­ful. “Us­ing syn­dromic map­ping and trace his­tory of Covid-19 pos­i­tive peo­ple com­bined with their move­ment pat­terns and ex­po­sure of dif­fer­ent re­gions to Covid-19, the Aar­o­gya Setu team has fore­casted more than 650 hotspots, in ad­di­tion to 300+ emerg­ing hotspots which could have been missed,” the Niti Aayog said.

In Ma­ha­rash­tra, the app iden­ti­fied at least 60 hotspots across 18 dis­tricts, the think-tank said.

Of­fi­cials in Ma­ha­rash­tra, how­ever, “al­ready have this in­for­ma­tion with them,” said Pradeep Awate, Ma­ha­rash­tra’s state health sur­veil­lance of­fi­cer.

Of the 130 hotspots pre­dicted by theapp­be­tweenApril­13an­dApril 20, ev­ery one of them has since been de­clared a real hotspot 3 to 17 days af­ter it was first pre­dicted. This abil­ity is a much-needed break­through and first of its kind in the world, said the Niti Aayog .

HT could not ver­ify th­ese hotspots since the agency did not re­lease a list of th­ese lo­ca­tions.

Since its launch on April 2, the app has seen 96 mil­lion regis­tra­tions. It is now manda­tory for peo­ple go­ing to work dur­ing the lock­down pe­riod, which makes In­dia theon­ly­democ­ra­cy­where­thetool is com­pul­sory in some form.

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