Eamonn Holmes addressed his 5G conspiracy remarks from This Morning yesterday after sparking over 400 complaints from viewers.
The presenter, who has since denied that he fuelled the conspiracy, claimed critics had ‘misinterpreted’ what he said during today’s programme after Ofcom confirmed they were assessing the complaints as a ‘priority’.
‘Just before we go on to the programme I want to clarify some comments that some of you may have misinterpreted from me yesterday around conspiracy theories and coronavirus and this involved the rollout of 5G,’ he began.
‘Both Alice Beer and myself agreed in a discussion on this very programme on fake news that it is not true and there is no connection between the present national health emergency and 5G and to suggest otherwise would be wrong and indeed it could be possibly dangerous.’
He continued: ‘Every theory relating to such a connection has been proven to be false and we would like to emphasise that.
‘However, many people are rightly concerned and are looking for answers, and that’s simply what I was trying to impart yesterday but for the avoidance of any doubt I want to make it clear there’s no scientific evidence to substantiate any of those 5G theories.’
The presenter’s rant sparked such outrage from viewers that Ofcom was hit by 419 complaints.
A spokesperson from the watchdog has told Metro.co.uk: ‘We are assessing this programme in full as a priority.’
As the spread of Covid-19 continues to soar, people have been led to believe that the new 5G technology has been causing the virus.
However, FullFact has stated: ‘There is no evidence that 5G WiFi networks are linked to the new coronavirus.’
Eamonn commented on the speculation during Monday’s breakfast show, where he said: ‘What I don’t accept is mainstream media immediately slapping that down as not true when they don’t know it’s not true.
‘No one should attack or damage anything but it’s easy to say it’s not true because it suits the state narrative.’
He added: ‘That’s what I’d say as someone with an enquiring mind.’
Responding to Eamonn’s comments, Dr Simon Clarke, associate professor in cellular microbiology at the University of Reading, said that ‘the idea that Covid-19 is caused by 5G mobile phone signals is complete rubbish’.
He told Metro.co.uk: ‘The opinions of the mainstream media or the state hardly come into the debate; numerous doctors and scientists around the world have said that the disease is caused by a virus, something completely different to a mobile phone signal.
‘5G radio signals are electromagnetic waves, very similar to those already used by mobile phones. Electromagnetic waves are one thing, viruses are another, and you can’t get a virus off a phone mast.
‘Similarly, sensible studies have failed to corroborate the claim that the signals emitted by 5G masts are able to suppress our immune systems.’
Many celebrities – including John Cusack and Keri Hilson – have added fuel to the conspiracy, even though since the 5G theories started to emerge, the international regulator for radiation levels has given it the all-clear.
The International Commission on Non‐Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) is a German-based scientific body assessing health risks of radio broadcasts.
It has called for new guidelines on 5G but says that even the most high-frequency 5G waves are far below the threshold for anything that would cause us harm.
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV while Metro.co.uk has reached out to ITV for comment.
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