Baseless theories, linking the coronavirus outbreak to 5G continue, as 20 phone masts were attacked over the Easter weekend and 39 BT engineers were physically or verbally assaulted.
Condemning the attacks, BT chief executive Philip Jansen said: ‘Everything about this is senseless. There’s no thought for the validity of the theories – many openly contradict themselves; all ignore the very basic principles of science.’
Some people believe the new strain of coronavirus has been caused – or spread – by 5G, despite the virus being present in many countries without 5G capabilities.
The theories claim 5G towers transmit radiations which attack the immune system, and that without this radiation, Covid-19 would be no worse than a bad strain of the cold.
There is no scientific basis in the claims and the World Health Organisation has emphatically discounted any connection between 5G and coronavirus.
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Which countries have 5G?
5G is available in 34 countries across the world, according to a February 2020 report by network testing company VIAVI.
The technology has not rolled out to complete countries, and is instead available in select cities first, and linked to specific providers.
It is reportedly available in 378 cities across the globe.
The full country list, according to VIAVI’s ‘State of 5G Deployments’ report are as follows:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- San Marino
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- Trinidad & Tobago
Many countries hit badly by the Covid-19 outbreak, such as Iran which has 76,389 cases, do not have 5G capability, instantly refuting the conspiracy theories.
You can find out if your area has 5G using 5G.co.uk’s coverage checker.
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