The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, April 19
A unique in-built feature in the COVA App is helping the people of Punjab stay safe, by allowing them to check distance from the nearest COVID-19 positive person, and also alerting the district administration if a quarantined patient or suspect moves beyond 100 meters of her/his base location.
While the feature is helping the authorities enforce quarantine restrictions, it is also enabling the people of the state to keep themselves and their family members safe through a self-control mechanism.
By geotagging the positive patients, the App helps the district administration trace locations that the positive individual has visited during the last few days. If the Bluetooth is switched on for mobile phones with COVA, the App will alert the citizen on coming in the Bluetooth range of a person suspected or positive with COVID-19. This also helps the Health Department and the district administration trace the contact history of positive patients.
For the App to be effective, therefore, the GPS location and Bluetooth need to be switched on for the mobile phones of the patients, according to Vini Mahajan, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Governance Reforms and Public Grievances.