A senior India official said on Thursday that India could run the contact-tracing application of its Arogya Setu Coronavirus virus on Reliance’s Jio phone model, as it looks to expand the system’s reach, a senior official said on Thursday .

India, which has stopped the war to implement the world’s largest shutdown Coronavirus, last month Launched Sanitary bridge (Health Bridge) app – a Bluetooth and GPS-based application that alerts users who may have come in contact with people who later test positive COVID-19.

App that has been downloaded 9 crores Till now, Google was initially available to nearly 500 million smartphone users in India. Android And Apple Devices, but not for the nearly 40 million users of more basic feature phones.

Within a week, a version of the app will be rolled out to over 10 crore users for $ 9 (Rs 1,200 in India). Jio phone – A cheap, internet-enabled feature phone Runs on a mobile operating system named KaiOS, A senior government official told Reuters.

Launched by Reliance Industries’ Telecom unit in 2017 gives access to phone users 4g Including mobile data and apps Facebook Popular WhatsApp messanger.

“We are pursuing it … the trial is underway,” the official said, refusing to be identified as the plan which is not public.

India’s Ministry of Technology and Reliance live Did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Contact tracing apps such as Arogya Setu are being used to speed up the process of identifying, testing, and isolating people exposed to the virus before it occurs.

While many countries around the world are using similar apps, some such as Australia and Columbia are switching from Apple and technology Google The rift between citizens’ privacy concerns and state-supported systems.

The government has also launched a toll-free number that connects feature phone and fixed-line phone users to the Arogya Setu platform, allowing them to self-assess for COVID-19 through an interactive voice response system .

As India relaxed some of its lockdown restrictions Ordered All public and private sector employees are returning to work to use the app, stating that company heads will be held responsible for ensuring 100 percent coverage among employees.

A French hacker who goes on Twitter named Elliot Alderson Told India’s app has a privacy flaw but the government responded by assuring its citizens that it was safe.

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