All citizens and residents are obligated to install the Ehteraz app on smartphones when leaving the house for any reason. This decision is effective from Friday, 22 May 2020 until further notice.
The Ehteraz app, which will help track COVID-19 transmission chains, alerts individuals and stakeholders to expedite the provision of medical support and prioritise testing, is now available for download in App Store and Google Play.
As per latest figures, more than 100,000 smartphone users have so far downloaded the app from Google Play. This is in addition to the downloads from Apple App Store.
The app is jointly developed by the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) and the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). It uses a GPS feature and Bluetooth technology to perform various services.
- Track those in quarantine and ensure their presence at home/hotel/hospital during the assigned period
- Relevant authorities can reach suspected cases and provide necessary healthcare without any delay
- Sends out an alert if the person comes in contact with infected people
The above infographic shared on MoTC Twitter page shows that the profile of each user is linked to respective QR Codes by auto-matching the person’s health information from official entities.
QR Code categories will be:
Green: Healthy individuals who do not show any symptoms or those with negative outcomes
Grey: Suspected cases, individuals with symptoms, or in contact with positive cases and have not been tested
Yellow: For individuals in quarantine facilities
Red: For people who have tested positive for COVID-19
The Hukoomi website states:
The application is owned and managed by State of Qatar and the relevant government entities, and it is related to the laws and regulations governing the e-government policies in force in Qatar, particularly Cabinet Resolution No 18 of 2010 regarding the implementation of e-government policies and Law No 13 of 2016 regarding privacy and protection of personal data.’