As the number of coronavirus cases is increasing every day, the rumours are also spreading in high speed. One of the latest ones finds deceptive links between the roll out of 5G networks as well as the COVID-19.
A video is shared on YouTube and Facebook which is going viral these days. As per to the video, it has claimed a link amid the next-gen 5G technology as the existing on-going coronavirus outbreak.
One of the claims also suggests that 5G is a health threat for us as the technology itself is destroying the immune system. These two rumored theories are in circulation in the social media that experts also say that are “baseless”.
Because of these trending rumors, many cellular towers over the last few days, in Birmingham, Liverpool and also in Melling in Merseyside have been seen setting on fire, in order to stop the spread of the COVID-19 in the nation.
The rumors catches fire very easily and many people started believing in it as well, this then made Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport of UK, to Twitter in order to explain that “there is completely no credible proof that shows any link between 5G and coronavirus.”
Now celebrities have also joined the discussion, with the US actor Woody Harrelson for sharing a post on Instagram that is linked 5G along with TV personality Jason Gardiner who is suggesting the World Health Organisation had cautioned against the mobile network because of the illness.
In the UK, the situation right now is further exaggerated after reports that at least one phone mast was alleged to have been purposely set on fire.
On the other hand, Network provider EE has also told the Euronews in an email that its engineers were at present investing the cause and reason behind the blaze at a mast in Birmingham which had caused a “significant damage”.
The company also said that “if it emerges that it was burning, which looks in the cards at this time, then we are going to work to help West Midlands Police identify a culprit.
The company further added that in order to purposely take away mobile connectivity at a time when people require more than ever to be connected to each other is a irresponsible, dangerous as well as risky thing to do.
“We are trying to restore full coverage as quickly as possible, but at the same time the damage caused by the fire is quite big,” the company further said.
The event has incited a reaction from the government of UK. The Cabinet Office minister, Michael Gove, called such reports as “dangerous nonsense”. He stated that these kinds of conspiracy ruumors which are linked with 5G with coronavirus pandemic were “just nonsense, dangerous nonsense as well.”
In the meantime, the West Midlands Police are yet to confirm the cause.