Brian Cox speaks out on 5G mast attacks amid bonkers coronavirus conspiracy

At least 20 phone masts in the UK have been vandalised amid bizarre claims that newly introduced 5G signals are responsible for the outbreak. Some conspiracy theorists have laid out baseless claims 5G somehow hampers the immune system.

The theories have been prevalent on social media, with celebrities such as British boxer Amir Kahn and Hollywood actor Woody Harrelson among the stars sharing the claims on their official accounts.

Mr Harrelson posted on his Instagram account alongside a supposed report which talks about the alleged negative effects of 5G: "Alot of my friends have been talking about the negative effects of 5G My friend camilla seems this to me today and though I haven’t fully vetted it I find it very interesting [SIC]".

However, there is currently no evidence to suggest 5G signals have negative effects.

Professor Brian Cox, one of the UK's top scientists, has hit out against the claims, brandishing believers in the conspiracy theory as "idiots".

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Prof Cox wrote on Twitter: "If you thought COVID-19 had something to do with 5G because you read a thing by an idiot, and still believe it after having it explained to you that this is unadulterated drivel, you are a complete idiot."

At least 20 phone masts have been vandalised in the UK on the back of the theories, some of which did not even omit 5G signals.

Michael Gove, Minister for the Cabinet Office, was asked about the theories on Saturday, and gave a blunt response.

He said: “That's just nonsense, dangerous nonsense as well.”

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Vodafone's UK chief executive Nick Jeffery said: "It beggars belief that some people should want to harm the very networks that are providing essential connectivity to the emergency services, the NHS, and rest of the country during this difficult lockdown period.

"It also makes me angry to learn that some people have been abusing our engineers as they go about their business.

"Online stories connecting the spread of coronavirus to 5G are utterly baseless. Please don't share them on social media - fake news can have serious consequences."

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