To contain the spread of the virus, countries like China switched to robots and drones when it came to contacting the infected mass. India, too, is leaning on drones and robots for activities, such as delivering medicines and food and sanitization. For example, Garuda Aerospace, which is a Chennai based start-up, has deployed over 300 drones in around 26 Indian cities for coronavirus cases in India , to help spray disinfectant on towns that are at lockdown now. Other innovative uses of robots are being thought of, which includes robots explicitly made for avoiding any formation of a crowd in public or making public announcements, or asCovid-19 tracker in India.
India is particularly looking up to the ‘track, test, and treat’ strategy that South Korea has adopted. Unlike other countries, South Korea has not imposed any lockdown. Still, it is strictly following this strategy, which has been well recognized by the world—using various technologies, such as location-tracking, CCTVs, to track down the whereabouts of an infected person. More importantly, it has helped governments take better steps by taking note of where an infected person has been before being tested positive.
South Korea introduced an app that would tell its users if they came within 100 meters close to an infected individual. Also, countries, such as the UK, China, and Singapore, have similar apps that help spread awareness and keep each other safe from coming in contact with the virus. According to reports by ET, India, too, has launched a similar app where it alerts its user if they came in contact with a person who later on has tested positive for the virus and coronavirus cases in India . This app, named as Arogya Setu, uses location-based data from the smartphone of the infected person. It also contains features, such as short-distance Bluetooth signals and includescoronavirus live updates in India.
Indian missions in various countries have been ordered to be on the lookout for possible coordination and cooperation with major countries to attain any advanced medical technology to help fight the virus. Along with looking up to other countries for successful strategies, India also arranged for a hackathon, which was held from April 3 to 5. Having had over 2000 teams participate, the winning teams included Big Bang Boom. They were able to create a ventilator system operated by a remote. They also aim to create an economical DIY kit that could be easily set up in Primary Healthcare Centres all across the country.