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BeAware App

March 25 - 31 , 2020

Gulf Weekly Naman Arora
By Naman Arora

Gulf Weekly BeAware App

On Monday, the Information and e-Government Authority (iGA), in coordination with Supreme Council of Health and the Ministry of Health launched a national mobile application to monitor home-quarantined people, as part of the efforts to combat the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), writes Naman Arora.

The BeAware application, available on Android and iOS provides users with reliable Covid-19 updates within the kingdom to inform users about the location of active cases and to maintain accurate figures from the contact tracing programme.

The application also aims to identify contact tracing cases and alert individuals in case they approach or have been in contact with an active case or location.

The initiative is in line with the directives of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, to contain the virus and provide citizens and residents with a reliable means of contact tracing.

The iGA chief executive Mohammed Al Qaid said: “The application aims to protect society which showed its awareness and responded positively to all precautionary measures and preventive protocols. The application has the ability to follow up on suspected cases subjected to the 14-day mandatory quarantine.”

The free application has been tested by hundreds of volunteers and quarantined cases to ensure its efficacy and information provided by the application will be confidential and protected to ensure the privacy of citizens and residents.

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