Amid Coronavirus, 5G Conspiracy Theories Lead To Attacks On Cell Towers

- Conspiracy theorists burn 5G towers, claiming link to COVID-19
- The WHO has debunked the false claims

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Conspiracy theories linking 5G technology to coronavirus have resulted in dozens of phone masts across Europe vandalized Photo: YouTube

Conspiracy theories claim that 5G mobile network technology is responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. This false theory circulates mainly through social media networks.

These false claims have resulted in the vandalization of 5G towers. It also led to arson attacks on infrastructure. Maintenance workers were also assaulted, according to this article by Reuters.

Viruses cannot travel on mobile networks or radio waves, according to the WHO as quoted by Reuters.

The European Commission has also rejected the claims, according to the news article.

“I’m absolutely outraged, absolutely disgusted, that people would be taking action against the very infrastructure that we need to respond to this health emergency,”

“It is absolute and utter rubbish.”

Professor Steve Powis, national medical director of NHS England