Union Ministry of Communications has refuted reports claiming that the second wave of Covid spread has been caused by the testing of the 5G technology.
“It has come to the notice of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Ministry of Communications, that several misleading messages are being circulated on various social media platforms claiming that the second wave of coronavirus has been caused by the testing of the 5G mobile towers. These messages are false and incorrect,” an official statement by the Ministry said.
The Ministry urged the public not to be misguided by the false information and rumours spread in this matter.
“The general public is hereby informed that there is no link between 5G technology and spread of COVID-19. The claims linking the 5G technology with the COVID-19 pandemic are false and have no scientific basis,” the statement added.
The testing of the 5G network has not yet started anywhere in India, therefore the claim that 5G trials or networks are causing coronavirus in India is “baseless”, it contended.
“Mobile towers emit non-ionizing Radio frequencies having very minuscule power and are incapable of causing any kind of damage to living cells including human beings.
“DoT has prescribed norms for exposure limit for the Radio Frequency Field (i.e. Base Station Emissions) which are 10 times more stringent than the safe limits prescribed by International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and recommended by WHO (World Health Organization),” it said.
The DoT said it has a well-structured process so that operators strictly adhere to these prescribed norms.
“However, any citizen having any apprehension about any mobile tower emitting radio waves beyond the safe limit prescribed by the department, a request for EMF measurements/testing can be made on Tarang Sanchar portal at https://tarangsanchar.gov.in/emfportal,” the department said.
Meanwhile, the B-1617 variant of the coronavirus, first identified in India, has been classified as a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organisation (WHO).