Hyderabad: Taking a cue from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana is all set to use geo-location COVID 19 tracker to keep a tab on the people under quarantine.

Eatala Rajender, health minister for Telangana said the state government plans to track people who have been quarantined, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Health Department, Government of Telangana to track over 25 thousand people placed under home quarantine by track their Geo location in Real-time with the help of COVID-19 monitoring system” tweeted health minister.

The monitoring system aims to keep track of more than 25,000 citizens who have been advised to remain under home quarantine. The system will be receiving the real-time feed from the GPS fitted with the mobile phones of the quarantined people.

On March 31, Andhra Pradesh government in collaboration with the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) had decided to use geo-location tracker to keep an eye on the people serving the quarantine period in the state.

The government plans to locate the people kept under quarantine by tracing their location through mobile numbers. Since the authorities already have a database of over 25,000 mobile numbers of people under quarantine, their location can be tracked with the data provided by telecom service providers and mobile tower signals.

“The tool is equipped to alert the district authorities if the person travels beyond a 100m radius from the base location thereby violating the norms of home quarantine,” the officials said.

Till March 31, fifteen new positive cases were reported in Telangana. All 15 people had recently returned from Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz after attending religious prayers. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the state has now reached 77.

Meanwhile in India, the number of COVID-19 positive cases have reached 1,397. Kerala recorded the highest number of cases at 234, followed by Maharashtra with 216 cases, as per the data provided by the Central Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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