UK Livid, Debunks Fake News After 5G Masts Set On Fire For 'Coronavirus Link'
UK Cabinet Minister Michael Gove condemned the stories as “dangerous nonsense” while noting that damaged telephone lines are crucial for emergency services responding to the pandemic. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said on Twitter "there is absolutely no credible evidence" of a link, while trade body Mobile UK said such rumours and conspiracy theories were "concerning".
Yet, such wild theories have reached a massive audience, thanks to the celebrities sharing it on social media. Woody Harrelson, former TV star “Cheers” shared a report “on the negative effects of 5G” and its supposed role in the coronavirus pandemic to more than 2 million followers on Instagram. As of April 5, the number of coronavirus cases in the UK is 41,903 with at least 4,313 fatalities.
We are aware of inaccurate information being shared online about 5G. There is absolutely no credible evidence of a link between 5G and coronavirus— DCMS (@DCMS) April 3, 2020
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