Cabinet secretary Michael Gove dismissed conspiracy theories linking 5G to Covid-19 as “dangerous nonsense” at a Downing Street coronavirus briefing on Saturday.
NHS England’s national medical director Professor Stephen Powis also waded in, denouncing them as “complete and utter rubbish”, and stressing, “it’s the worst kind of fake news”.
“The reality is that the mobile phone networks are absolutely critical to all of us, particularly at a time when we are asking people to stay at home and not see relatives and friends,” Powis said, adding that the masts also represent a part of the critical infrastructure relied upon by emergency services and health workers.
Fires have been reported at masts in Birmingham, Liverpool and Melling in Merseyside. A video, allegedly of the blaze in Aigburth, was shared on YouTube and Facebook, shortly after the crime was committed.
One theory about the link between 5G and coronavirus suggest that the mobile technology suppresses the immune system, while another claims the virus uses the network’s radio waves to communicate and reach victims, speeding up its spread. Both have been thoroughly debunked by scientists. The virus is also spreading rapidly in places, such as Iran and Japan, which have not installed the technology yet – punching another hole in the conspiracy theories.