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No link between 5G technology and the spread of COVID-19: Centre

By Rajan Nath -- May 11th 2021 11:19 AM -- Updated: May 11th 2021 11:30 AM

Amid reports that the second wave of coronavirus in India has been caused by the testing of the 5G mobile towers, the Ministry of Telecommunications issued a clarification regarding the same.

The Ministry stated that these reports were false and absolutely not correct. It informed the general public that there was no link between 5G technology and the second wave of coronavirus in India.

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Centre issues clarification on reports that second wave of coronavirus in India has been caused by testing of 5G mobile towers.

Even as it urged people not to be misguided by the false information and rumours spread in this matter. The claims linking the 5G technology with the COVID-19 pandemic are false and have no scientific basis, it stated.

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Centre issues clarification on reports that second wave of coronavirus in India has been caused by testing of 5G mobile towers.

Moreover, it said that the testing of the 5G network has not yet started anywhere in India and hence, the claim that 5G Trials or networks are causing coronavirus in India is baseless and false.

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, it said.

Centre issues clarification on reports that second wave of coronavirus in India has been caused by testing of 5G mobile towers.

Meanwhile, the Department of Telecommunications (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.

DoT has a well-structured process so that TSPs strictly adhere to these prescribed norms, it stated, adding that 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.

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