The Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) and CoCare, a consortium of companies led by Cheetay Logistics (Pvt) Ltd and Conrad, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to launch a contact tracing app that will limit the spread of COVID-19 in Punjab. The app will integrate a number of citizen-centric services with the objective to keep the spread of COVID-19 in check. According to Majid Khan, CEO Cheetay, this multi-purpose app would visualize accurate data about the pandemic’s spread in real time, specifically in the Punjab province.
In addition, the app will also share educational and awareness resources about the virus – its symptoms as well as preventive guidelines along with an integrated self-diagnostic tool, enabling access to essential stay-at-home services such as telehealth, medicine delivery and testing. The app makes use of Bluetooth technology to log physical proximity between mobile phones for tracing potential exposure to the virus – this is done anonymously and securely. Someone who has been tested positive with the virus can anonymously self-report, which would send an alert to people who have been in contact with them. This alert includes information about potential exposure along with the advice of watching out for symptoms or to get tested for Coronavirus.
Through the CoCare app, people can also actively track of contacts or locations they have visited – this is done through QR scanning and functionality, which would be essential for businesses and employers when they fully reopen their business activities.
Some of the other countries that are using apps to track contact and possible exposure to the virus include Australia, China, Italy, South Korea, India and Germany.