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Posted On: 9 April 2020 10:14 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 09:11 am

EHTERAZ app to help track the spread of COVID-19 now ready for download

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[UPDATE: MAY 1, 2020]

Ehteraz app developed for you by the Ministry of Public Health to help you trace and combat Virus Corona COVID-19 is now available on Android: Download here.

[UPDATE: APRIL 25, 2020]

EHTERAZ app is now ready for download in the App Store for iPhone. Download here:

The user will be asked to turn on Bluetooth and Location to aid in the contact tracing with different users of the same app for disease prevention. To register, the user needs to input his/her mobile number, QID, and QID expiry date along with a QR code that will be sent to complete the process. After this, the user will be able to see his/her health status in the app.

To know more about the application, read below.

April 9, 2020

In a press conference on April 9, 2020, held by H.E. Lolwah Al Khater, the Official Spokesperson of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management it was announced that a new app called "EHTERAZ", meaning "precaution" will be launched SOON for smartphones. The precautionary application that helps us limit the spread of Coronavirus is a result of the joint efforts of the state's agencies, headed by the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Ministry of Public Health.

EHTERAZ is an application for smartphones that uses a GPS feature and Bluetooth to perform various services, and it aims to:

1. Enhance preventive measures and to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the State of Qatar

2. Display the latest developments and official statistics related to the coronavirus

3. Receive awareness and precautionary instructions issued by the official authorities

One of the features of the application is indicating a person's health status. The profile of each user is linked to the QR code by automatically extracting the user's health information from the official bodies according to the following categorizations:

There will be four colors representing your status:

  • Green: healthy individuals that do not exhibit any symptoms, or that have tested negative
  • Grey: suspected cases, individuals that exhibit symptoms, or that have been in contact with COVID-19 positive cases but have not been tested
  • Yellow: people who are in quarantine
  • Red: people that have been tested and had tested positive for COVID-19

If someone has had coronavirus (previously Red), then has recovered, their color will go back to grey until they are retested again and if negative, will change to green.

source: H.E. Lolwah Al Khater/Twitter

The application assists in identifying disease transmission chains, alerting individuals, and stakeholders to expedite the provision of medical support and prioritizing testing, according to H.E. Lolwa Al-Khater during the press conference.

H.E. Al Khater pointed out that all of this information is connected to a database and if a case of coronavirus infection is discovered, the application enables the competent authorities to track the areas where this person was present since downloading the application until the moment of infection and thus all people or a large percentage of the people who mix with them can be known as long they are using the same application. After identifying these people, they will receive messages through the application that they may have had contact with an infected person and will have priority in the testing, she added.

She stressed the importance of downloading and activating the application for the benefit of everyone, noting that in the event a person recovers from the virus, the application returns to the gray color where a specific period is put to check again to make sure of the full recovery and then the color of the application will be green, underscoring that the application maintains the privacy of everyone and only the health authorities can see the details of each person.

H.E. Al Khater pointed out that the application also helps at the quarantine to alert individuals if they are approaching a distance closer to the safe distance, by alerting them that they approached a distance that is not allowed even within the quarantine itself, stressing that if the application is used properly, it will pay off for the society as a whole through containment the spread the virus as much as possible.

Source: Supreme Committee for Crisis Management press conference; Mr. Khalifa Al Haroon, H.E. Lolwah Al Khater/Twitter, Qatar News Agency