Mobile phone masts are being set on fire across the UK due to a conspiracy theory claiming a link between 5G and coronavirus.
The fires have occurred in several cities across Britain, including Birmingham, Liverpool, and Greater Merseyside.
The conspiracy theory linking 5G signals to covid-19 has been spreading rapidly despite there being no evidence to support such claims.
One rumor suggests that the 5G network suppresses the immune system while another claims that the virus is accelerating its spreading by using radio waves in the 5G network.
Another theory is based on the work of a biologist who suggested that bacteria could generate radio waves. However, this theory is highly controversial and not present in mainstream scientific thought.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport said there is “no credible evidence” of a link between 5G and the global pandemic, while Mobile UK called the rumors “concerning”.
The topic was also brought up at the UK’s daily coronavirus briefing where Michael Gove called it “just nonsense, dangerous nonsense as well”.
Mobile UK said workers had received threats and abuse from people who believe the theory, adding:
“This is not acceptable and only impacts on our ability as an industry to maintain the resilience and operational capacity of the networks to support mass home working and critical connectivity to the emergency services, vulnerable consumers and hospitals.”
Source: BBC News