5G mobile phone masts torched over coronavirus claims

Apr 4, 2020 11:40 PM ET

Mobile phone masts are being torched over theories that 5G is a link to coronavirus, despite ministers telling people there is no evidence of this.

On Friday 5G mobile phone were set alight in Merseyside, and on Thursday in Birmingham.

The British government has said “there is absolutely no credible evidence of a link.”

Whilst the trade body, Mobile UK said the fake rumours linking 5G and coronavirus are quite “concerning.”

Mobile UK added, “More worryingly some people are also abusing our key workers and making threats to damage infrastructure under the pretence of claims about 5G.

“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.”

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said on Twitter they are “aware of inaccurate information being shared online about 5G.”

A West Midlands Police spokesman said, “We’re aware of a fire involving a phone mast, but are awaiting further details on its cause.”

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