No, Aarogya Setu app does not give out a ‘loud siren’ – Janta Express Daily

NEW DELHI: If you come across any message or news report that claims that the Aarogya Setu app has an inbuilt siren that makes your phone start to ring the moment a COVID-19 patient approaches you, then do not believe it. The government through the MyGov India portal has alerted citizens about this new fake message that is doing the rounds.

“The app (Aarogya Setu) does not give out a loud siren when a COVID-19 patient approaches us. Reports claiming this are FAKE! Stay Informed, Stay Safe!” tweeted MyGov India.

Along with several misinformation and fake news on social media, cyber criminals are also looking at ways to cheat gullible citizens using the COVID-19 crisis. The Cyber Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has alerted citizens to be careful about scams related to Aarogya Setu.

CERT-In recently issued an advisory claiming that Aarogya Setu app focused phishing has seen high rise. “Scammers may impersonate as HR department, CEO, or any other known person and target users by spreading messages as “Your neighbour is affected”, “See who all are affected”, “Someone who came in contact with you tested positive”,”recommendations to self-isolate”,”Guidelines to use Aarogya Setu”,” it alerted.

Meanwhile, after launching the Aarogya Setu mobile app for Android, iOS and JioPhone, the government has now launched Aarogya Setu IVRS service for feature phones and landline users. This service is available across the country. This is a toll-free service, where citizens are asked to give a missed call to the number 1921 and they will get a call back requesting for inputs regarding their health.

The questions asked are aligned with Aarogya Setu App, and based on the responses given, citizens will also get an SMS indicating their health status and also will get further alerts for their health moving forward.

The service is implemented in 11 regional languages similar to the mobile application. The input provided by the citizens will be made part of Aarogya Setu database and information is processed to send alerts to the citizens on the action to be taken to ensure their safety.