Published: 10th December 2021
IIT Hyderabad's new COVID tracker to predict post-Omicron scenario
The website covid19tracker.in has been built using the public code base of covid19india.org
The new COVID-tracking website launched by the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, is equipped with several capabilities, including predicting the future course of the pandemic. IIT Hyderabad on Friday, December 10, formally launched covid19tracker.in tha
Understanding the criticality of the information to Indians, including researchers, students and the public, the Director of IIT Hyderabad authorised a team of developers to carry out the work beyond November 1, 2021. Prof M Vidyasagar FRS, Distinguished Professor at IIT Hyderabad, added, "Currently, we have gone beyond the original website by including predictions for the future course of the pandemic, generated by the SUTRA Consortium of which IIT Hyderabad is a member. Most recently, we have included projections for the post-Omicron scenario as well. In the future, we plan to enhance the website by including a search feature to highlight trends and raise alerts as and when required. If resources permit, we will monitor not just India but other countries as well. The emergence of the Omicron variant of concern shows that India cannot collect and monitor its data in isolation."
The website, covid19tracker.in, has been built using the public code base of covid19india.org. Prof Bheemarjuna Reddy Tamma, Chair, Computer Centre, IIT-H, said, "While the front-end of our website has the same user interface as that of the original website, the backend was developed in-house by a group of enthusiastic students of IIT Hyderabad and maintained by the staff members of the Computer Center. The website has been hosted on a public cloud platform to make it highly scalable and responsive, even when web traffic shoots up."
Expressing his delight at the launch, Prof BS Murty, Director, IIT Hyderabad said, "This website will be an important resource for everyone interested in data related to the COVID-19 pandemic in India. Our site has attracted considerable traffic despite having been created so recently. In fact, we have noted that the Worldometer website for India uses just two sources — our site and that of the MoHFW.