Conspiracy theories linking 5G communications technology to the pandemic are “dangerous nonsense”, UK Cabinet Minister, Michael Gove says.
NHS England medical director Stephen Powis say 5G infrastructure is critical both to the general population who are being asked to stay at home and to the healthcare response to the virus.
“I’m absolutely outraged and disgusted that people would be taking action against the infrastructure we need to tackle this emergency,” he says, referring to incidents of 5G masts being set alight.
Mobile phone masts have been torched amid theories linking coronavirus to 5G, despite ministers saying there is no credible evidence to back them.
Masts were set alight in Sparkhill, Birmingham, on Thursday and Melling, Merseyside, on Friday.
Trade body Mobile UK said false rumours and theories linking 5G and coronavirus were “concerning”.
The government said “there is absolutely no credible evidence of a link” between the two.
Posting on Twitter, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport added it was “aware of inaccurate information being shared online about 5G”.