The Indian government is reassuring citizens that, following conspiracy theories, 5G does not cause Covid-19

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The Indian government has been forced to assure its citizens that 5G has not caused the second wave of coronavirus after a wave of conspiracy theories circulating on social media.

Officials pointed out that there are no 5G networks in India, as the country only approved 5G trials last week and they won’t start until months.

The government described the conspiracy theories as “baseless and false” and urged the public not to be “misled” by the rumors.

It’s because the country’s health officials said a record 4,025 people have been killed by Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, pushing the death toll above 250,000 in the fight against a surge in infections.

The Indian government has reassured its citizens that 5G has not caused the second wave of coronavirus to ravage the country and has resulted in a record number of deaths. Pictured: Family members wearing personal protective equipment perform rituals during cremation of Covid-19 victim in New Delhi on Tuesday

It's because the nation's health officials said a record number of people have been killed by Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll above 250,000 as it battles a surge in infections

It’s because the nation’s health officials said a record number of people have been killed by Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll above 250,000 as it battles a surge in infections

The Indian Ministry of Telecommunications said in one statement: ‘Various misleading messages are circulating on various social media platforms claiming that the second wave of coronavirus was caused by the testing of the 5G cell towers.

These reports are false and absolutely incorrect … the general public is hereby informed that there is no link between 5G technology and the proliferation of Covid-19 and urged not to be misled by the false information and rumors disseminated herein matter. ‘

The department also condemned the conspiracy theories as ‘no scientific basis’ and pointed out that testing of the 5G network has not yet begun in India after the country did not approve trials until May 4 – and they won’t begin for months.

Therefore, the claim that 5G studies or networks cause the coronavirus in India is unfounded and false, the department added in the statement.

A prominent message circulating on social media states that the radiation from cell phone towers “ mixes with the air and makes it toxic and therefore people have trouble breathing and die, ” reports Coda story.

The department reassured citizens that this is not the case. “Mobile towers emit non-ionizing radio frequencies of very miniscule power and are incapable of doing any kind of damage to living cells, including humans,” he said in a statement.

Earlier this year, India introduced a new law that gives the government significant powers to order that content be removed from social media platforms and that providers must identify their users.

In February, the Indian government asked Twitter to ban more than 1,000 for spreading information about the large-scale agricultural protests at the time.

The government claimed that the bills were not from the farmers themselves, but from bills supported by Pakistan and Sikh separatists.

India continues to be ravaged by Covid-19, with the country today announcing another record of 4,205 deaths in the past 24 hours, pushing the total death toll above a quarter of a million.

India continues to be ravaged by Covid-19, with the country today announcing another record of 4,205 deaths in the past 24 hours, pushing the total death toll above a quarter of a million.

The number of daily coronavirus cases rose by a whopping 348,421, bringing the total number of cases above 23 million, according to data from the Ministry of Health.

The number of daily coronavirus cases rose by a whopping 348,421, bringing the total number of cases above 23 million, according to data from the Ministry of Health.

But the move was controversial among human rights organizations, with the Internet Freedom Foundation denouncing the blocking of pro-farmer accounts as “government censorship.”

Meanwhile, last month, the government successfully called on Facebook to remove social media posts calling on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to resign amid a wave of Covid-19 cases.

India continues to be ravaged by Covid-19, with the country today announcing another record of 4,205 deaths in the past 24 hours, pushing the total death toll above a quarter of a million.

The number of daily coronavirus cases rose by a whopping 348,421, bringing the total number of cases above 23 million, according to data from the Ministry of Health.

Even with these depressing numbers, experts believe that official numbers grossly underestimate the true magnitude of the epidemic, and that the actual number of deaths and infections could be five to ten times higher.

Meanwhile, a leading virologist has said it was too early to say whether infections had peaked.

Shahid Jameel told Indian Express newspaper: “It is too early to say whether we have reached the peak.

‘There are indications that the cases are flattening. But we must not forget that this is a very high plateau. It appears that we are flattening about 400,000 cases per day. ‘

A woman covers her nose as smoke and fumes rise from the burning pyres of the patients who died of the Covid-19 coronavirus from her home near a makeshift crematorium in Delhi

A woman covers her nose as smoke and fumes rise from the burning pyres of the patients who died of the Covid-19 coronavirus from her home near a makeshift crematorium in Delhi

India, with a population of 1.4 billion people, is currently responsible for one in three of reported coronavirus deaths worldwide, according to a Reuters report, overwhelming hospital and medical personnel, as well as morgues and crematoriums. Medicines and medical oxygen are scarce.

The brutal second wave of COVID-19 infections has spread from the cities to the small towns and rural areas, tearing through a fragile health system ill-equipped for a crisis of this magnitude.

On Tuesday, authorities warned that nearly 90% of the country’s districts are seeing a high positivity rate, raising concerns that the coronavirus is spreading to rural areas of India more quickly than it did in a wave last year.

Rural India is also running out of wood for traditional Hindu cremations, and dozens of bodies are washed up on the banks of the Ganges River, which flows through the most densely populated areas of the Northern Plains.

Akhand Pratap, a resident of the Ghazipur district in the vast state of Uttar Pradesh, said that ‘people immerse bodies in the sacred Ganges River rather than cremate because of a shortage of cremation wood’.

Even in the capital, New Delhi, many COVID victims are abandoned by their relatives after the cremation, with volunteers leaving the ashes, praying for them and then taking them to the river, rituals usually performed by the family.

A COVID-19 patient's relative carries an oxygen tank at a Sikh shrine, or gurdwara, where oxygen is provided on Mondays by various Sikh religious organizations in the Delhi suburbs

A COVID-19 patient’s relative carries an oxygen tank at a Sikh shrine, or gurdwara, where oxygen is provided on Mondays by various Sikh religious organizations in the Delhi suburbs

Since February, infections in India have increased in a disastrous turn, due to more contagious variants and the government’s decision to allow massive crowds to gather for religious festivals and political rallies.

In a report published Wednesday, the World Health Organization said the B.1.617 variant first identified in India has been discovered in at least 44 countries to date. The Global Health Authority has classified it as a ‘form of care’ that requires more intensive tracking and analysis.

Vaccines are also running out, especially in the state of Maharashtra around Mumbai’s financial hub, and in the capital Delhi, two of India’s hardest hit regions.

With nearly four million cases still active, healthcare systems remain strained with limited hospital beds, oxygen and drugs.

Many states have imposed their own restrictions on curbing infections, and the southern state of Telangana announced a 10-day lockdown on Tuesday.

The second wave of the pandemic in India has fueled calls for a nationwide lockdown, prompting more and more states to impose tougher restrictions that have hurt businesses and the economy as a whole.

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