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Audio message blaming 5G trials behind surge in COVID-19 cases in India is fake

An audio message claiming that the 5G testing is the reason behind the sudden surge in COVID cases in India has been doing the rounds.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | May 8, 2021 | Updated 17:25 IST
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Highlights

  • The Press Information Bureau has recently busted a conspiracy theory that was being spread about the second wave of COVID-19.
  • In the message, a man can be heard saying that because of 5G testing people are dying in states like UP, Maharashtra.
  • The COAI has cautioned users about the same and urged them to not believe in any such rumours.

The Press Information Bureau has recently busted a conspiracy theory that was being spread about the second wave of COVID-19. An audio message claiming that the 5G testing is the reason behind the sudden surge in COVID cases in India has been doing the rounds. In the message, a man can be heard saying that because of 5G testing people are dying in states like UP, Maharashtra and Bihar. This is not the first time rumour mongers have tried to blame 5G behind the COVID-19, back in 2020, a few 5G towers were dismantled in the UK because of the fake claims.

The Press Information Bureau Fact Check team had shared the audio message on its official Twitter handle. "In an audio message, it is being claimed that 5g network is being tested in the states, due to which people are dying. This claim is fake. Please do not spread confusion by sharing such fake messages", PIB tweeted. Earlier, a post claiming that the radiation from the 5G towers is causing breathing troubles among users. Some regional newspapers had also carried the news without verifying the facts.

This prompted the Cellular Operators Association of India to address the rumours about the 5G testing in India and its connection with COVID-19 cases. The COAI has cautioned users about the same and urged them to not believe in any such rumours.

"We would like to clarify that these rumours are absolutely false. We urge people not to fall for such baseless misinformation. Several countries in the world have already rolled out 5G networks and people are using these services safely" said Lt. Gen. Dr S.P. Kochhar, Director General, COAI, said in a statement to Mint.

"Even the World Health Organisation has clarified that there is no correlation between 5G technology and covid-19. We have shared our concerns with the Department of Telecommunications and have apprised them of the situation. I appeal fellow citizens to beware of these fake messages. Together we can fight this menace of misinformation," he added.

COAI has also clarified that no 5G towers have been installed in India hence all the claims are absolutely fake.

Earlier, WHO had confirmed that 'viruses cannot travel on radio waves / mobile networks.' So 5G can never be the cause behind the deaths due to COVID-19 or a surge in cases.

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