GUWAHATI, March 23 - Rubbishing rumours that newspapers were also spreading coronavirus, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today said there is no scientific evidence to establish it. �Had it been so, the Government of India would have closed down all newspapers. We too do not have any advisory from the Central government regarding newspapers,� Sarma said.
The minister further argued that if one goes by the logic that some infected person had touched the newspapers, even milk pouches or tea packets are not safe as the same logic would apply in those cases as well.
He further said that lots of misinformation were being spread in social media, particularly WhatsApp, and asked people not to believe in any information which is being spread in such platforms.
�Origin of a lot of such messages is being traced to foreign countries and it will be an uphill task to trace them,� he said when asked if the government was contemplating on any action against circulation of the fake messages.