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Cellular towers in the UK were reportedly set on fire following a bizarre conspiracy theory that links 5G communications technology to the coronavirus pandemic.
The BBC reported that videos allegedly showing burning cellphone towers have been published online, claiming a link between 5G technology and the COVID-19 crisis. Incidents involving fires in Birmingham and Liverpool are under investigation, according to the BBC.
Firefighters responded to a fire at a 70-foot mast in Birmingham on Thursday, the Birmingham Mail reported, noting that several videos claiming to show masts on fire had been posted on a Facebook page. The page has now been deleted by Facebook, he said.
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Emergency services were called on Friday on a burning mast at Aintree near Liverpool, according to the Liverpool Echo. Another 5G tower was also burned down in the south of Liverpool, reported the Liverpool Echo.
Authorities in the United Kingdom have worked to dispel the conspiracy theory linking 5G and the coronavirus.
“We are aware that inaccurate information is being shared online about 5G,” the UK Culture, Media and Sports ministry tweeted on Friday. “There is absolutely no credible evidence of a link between 5G and the coronavirus. “
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Mobile UK, which represents mobile network operators in the United Kingdom, blasted conspiracy theories against the coronavirus 5G. “In this difficult situation, it is worrying that groups are using the # COVID19 pandemic to spread baseless theories about the safety of # 5G“, He tweeted. “These are not based on an accepted scientific theory. “
“More worryingly, some people also abuse our key workers and threaten to damage infrastructure on the pretext of claiming 5G,” he said in a statement. “This is not acceptable and only affects our ability as an industry to maintain the resilience and operational capacity of networks to support mass home work and critical connectivity to emergency services, consumers vulnerable and to hospitals. “
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As of Saturday afternoon, at least 1,170,159 cases of coronavirus have been diagnosed worldwide, including at least 42,441 in the UK. The disease has caused at least 63,832 deaths worldwide, including at least 4,313 people in the United Kingdom.
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