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No link between 5G technology and spread of COVID-19, DoT clarifies

Posted On: 19 MAY 2021 2:39PM by PIB Chennai

It has  come to the notice of  DoT  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 absolutely not correct.

The  general  public  is  hereby  informed  that  there  is  no  link  between 5G technology and spread of COVID-19 and they are urged 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. Moreover, it is informed  that the testing of the 5G  network has not yet started  anywhere in India. Hence, the  claim that  5G   Trails or network  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. 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. 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.

This is stated in a press release issued by the Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications Government of India (Carrier Service Cell).

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