5G coronavirus conspiracy theory a 'complete lie' says Health Minister

Assuming COVID-19 isn't the invention of Bill Gates, another fanciful theory asserts that 5G networks are in some way to blame.

Instead, YouTube said it was suppressing "borderline content" that could mislead people in "harmful ways", such as conspiracy theories surrounding 5G and the virus by themselves.

Wild conspiracy theories linking 5G networks to the coronavirus pandemic are being blamed for a spate of attacks on United Kingdom cellphone towers - and are even being spread by celebrities such as Woody Harrelson.

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson told The Guardian he received threats from a conspiracist concerning the "bizarre theory" hours before a 5G mast was lit on fire on Friday (local time).

Gardiner, who left Dancing on Ice past year, posted a video called The Threat of 5G on Twitter and wrote: 'Doctors and @WHO ask Governments to halt roll out of 5G.

"The 5G story is complete and utter rubbish, it's nonsense, it's the worst kind of fake news", said Prof Powis.

The UK government condemned the rumours as unsafe fake news after a number of celebrities promoted the conspiracy theory on social media.

"I'm absolutely outraged and disgusted that people would be taking action against the infrastructure we need to tackle this emergency", he said at a recent press conference.

Several celebrities have helped to fan the flames of the conspiracy theories on social media, with Cheers actor Woody Harrelson, former Dancing on Ice judge Jason Gardiner and Amanda Holden, a judge on Britain's Got Talent, all posting about the topic online, the newspaper said. The cause of the fire has not been determined, but is thought to be linked to the backlash against 5G.

For quite a while many loonies conspiracy theorists have been trying to convince not just themselves but able minded people that 5G kills.

Alongside a picture of a phone mast on fire, he wrote: 'Guys I have to say this!

Trade body Mobile UK, which represents network providers, said the false rumours and theories were "concerning".

On Sunday, Vodafone confirmed that it had seen four incidents over the last 24 hours in relation to its 5G towers, both at its own sites and those shared by O2.

Videos reportedly showing new 5G masts on fire were posted on social media after theories about the link between the mobile technology and Covid-19 circulated online, as a backlash against the new technology has began to grow.

Adam Finn, professor of paediatrics at the University of Bristol, said: "The internet connections these networks give us are one of the most important tools we are using to co-ordinate our response to the epidemic and efforts to do research to overcome it".