The comments below follow reported arson attacks against mobile phone masts in the UK and broadband engineers receiving physical and verbal threats from people who incorrectly believe that radiation from 5G masts can be linked to coronavirus.
Some of these rumours have been further spread by celebrities on social media.
UK Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove branded the conspiracy theories “dangerous nonsense”. The government is said to be in talks with social media platforms to urge them to do more to stamp out the spread of false information relating to coronavirus.
NHS director, Stephen Powis, has been emphatic in his condemnation of the rumours. “The 5G story is complete and utter rubbish. It is nonsense – the worst kind of fake news,” he said.
“The reality is that the mobile phone networks are absolutely critical to all of us, particularly in a time when we are asking people to stay at home and not see relatives and friends.
“But, in particular, those are also the phone networks used by our emergency services and our health workers and I am absolutely outraged, absolutely disgusted, that people would be taking action against the very infrastructure that we need to respond to this health emergency.”