Daily US Times, London: A baseless conspiracy theory has apparently caused physical damage in the UK this week. The theory suggests link between coronavirus with 5G broadband technology.
Britain’s The Guardian reported it is suspected that people who allegedly believe in the bogus rumor set to fire a 70-foot cellphone mast in Birmingham this week.
The network operator, EE told the newspaper that it is still investigating the fire but that it “looks likely at this time” to be the work of arsonists.
The company said: “To deliberately take away mobile connectivity at a time when people need it more than ever to stay connected to each other, is a reckless, harmful and dangerous thing to do.”
The Liverpool Echo reported- in the late Friday night, another fire was found by a 5G phone tower near Liverpool.
According to the news portal, the reason of the fire is not sorted out yet, but earlier that day, Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson had condemned the “bizarre” conspiracy theories that 5G was a plot to spread the coronavirus.
“I’m amazed that there are people out there who saying things like this — that COVID-19 is somehow linked to 5G. It’s bizarre,” the Mayor had said.
Reports coming from elsewhere revealing telecommunications engineers are facing verbal abuse and threats of violence from people who believe in the spurious theory.
MailOnline reports, an unidentified woman approached two workers laying cable in a London street and blamed them for killing families.
According to the news site, she said: “We’re all going to be in hospital on breathing apparatus. It’s because of this wire here.”
The woman reportedly said to the workers: “How do you feel? Do you have children? Do you have parents? How do you feel? When they turn that switch on, you can say ‘bye bye mama.” “Are you content to continue doing that job? Are you paid enough to kill her?”
“Are you content to continue doing that job? Are you paid enough to kill her?” she added further.
Community Fibre, for which the workers work, do not use 5G technology.
UK’s independent fact-checking nonprofit organization Full Fact has already debunked the myth that there is any link between the 5G network in Wuhan, where the coronavirus broke out, and the disease.
It said: “The main implication of the claim — that 5G can impact immune systems — is totally unfounded. There is no evidence linking the new coronavirus to 5G.”