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Apps to take on Covid-19 prevention

  • Published at 11:31 am March 24th, 2020

The app makers said GPS and face detection system have been used in the tracking app

Youths in the country are developing apps to help stem the spread of Covid-19. 

Six youths have developed an app to track quarantined individuals and a college student of Tangail has developed an app to raise awareness about the virus.

Quarantine Tracker with GPS and face detection

The app Quarantine Tracker was designed by Fahim Aziz, Arup Goldar Dhrubo, Nayeem Reza, Sakib Hasan Sauro, Dhananjay Biswas and Faisal Ahmed Shuvo.

They are engineers working in the prominent start-up “backpack” and alumni of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) in Dhaka, College of Wooster, USA, and Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) in Sylhet.

The app makers said technologies of GPS (global positioning system) and face detection system had been used in the app which would help the government to track quarantined people.

Although the government made 14 days' home quarantine mandatory for anyone arriving in Bangladesh from abroad, it is really struggling to monitor them.

The leader of the app team, Sakib Hasan, said countries like China, South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore had been successful so far in containing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic as they managed to run the quarantine program on a major scale by using technologies.

"If we want to quarantine a large number of people in our country, it is almost impossible to do so manually.

"We expect government support in this regard and hope they will scale up their operations in fighting against the pandemic by using the app," Sakib said. 

With a view to supporting the community through technology in such a situation, he said, they were thinking of opening the app for all.

College student invents the first ‘Corona Prevention’ app

The app will give people all necessary information about preventing the spread of coronavirus.

Al Amin, 19, an HSC candidate from Kalihati upazila of Tangail has developed an app named Corona Prevention with the specific target of raising public awareness about coronavirus.

Corona Prevention is the third app he has developed and it cost him Tk2,000 to develop it. However, people can use the app for free, reports our correspondent Abdullah Al Numan, Tangail.

There are eight sections or forums in the app, which include such features as how it spreads, symptoms, prevention, when to wash your hands, emergency care, sending out information, advice, about the app. 

Al Amin told Dhaka Tribune: “I made the app to raise awareness among people. The app has been active since Monday night and it can be found on the website covid19bangladesh.com.

The Kalihati upazila Chairman Ansar Ali told Dhaka Tribune: “Al Amin has taken a praiseworthy initiative by developing the app to raise awareness about preventing the spread of coronavirus. People will benefit a lot through it.”

Bangladesh has so far recorded four deaths and 33 infections from Covid-19, a pandemic announced by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The fast spreading coronavirus, which was first reported in China’s Wuhan, has claimed more than 16,500 lives and infected over 381,000 people across the world till date, according to Worldometer.

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