No10 says 5G coronavirus conspiracy theory defended by Eamonn Holmes is ‘complete nonsense’

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The This Morning host sparked a furious backlash yesterday when the 60-year-old presenter appeared to suggest that there could be a link between 5G masts and the spread of the killer disease.

Eamonn cleared up his comments on today’s This Morning about 5G conspiracies

Earlier today he insisted he doesn’t believe the theory that 5G has caused coronavirus is valid, and was simply “looking for answers”.

And this lunchtime No10 described the insinuations as “complete nonsense”.

The PM’s spokesperson refused to comment on the presenter directly, but added: “The claims are complete nonsense.

“We have been working with social media companies to make sure these entire bogus claims are not circulated.”

Government officials have sought to debunk a widely-circulated conspiracy theory suggesting the 5G mobile network is responsible for the ongoing global pandemic.

Despite their efforts, arsonists have torched 5G masts and targeted engineers around the country after the bizarre fake news spread.

Yesterday Eamonn said when discussing the issue: “What I don’t accept is mainstream media immediately slapping that down as not true when they don’t know it’s not true.

After opening today’s episode of the ITV daytime show with wife Ruth Langsford, Eamonn told viewers: “I want to clarify some comments that some of you may have misinterpreted from me yesterday around conspiracy theories and coronavirus.

“Both Alice Beer and myself agreed in a discussion on this programme 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, could be possibly dangerous.”

He continued: “Every theory relating to such a connection has been proven to be false and we would like to empathise that.

“However, many people are rightly concerned and are looking for answers, and that’s simply what I was trying to do.

“For the avoidance of any doubt, I want to make it clear there is no scientific evidence to substantiate any 5G theories. I hope that clears that up.”

Ofcom confirmed this morning that they have received 419 complaints over the remarks.

A spokesperson for the TV regulator added in a statement: “We are assessing this programme in full as a priority.”

Following the backlash, the TV presenter tweeted to insist that he isn’t spreading false claims, adding: “I reserve the right to listen and question.”

 

Eamonn’s comments immediately sparked backlash yesterday

Eamonn isn’t the first star to be slammed for sharing the conspiracy theory, with Amanda Holden previously stirring controversy when she tweeted a link to a petition to ban 5G.

Her rep later insisted that it was an accident – and that Amanda doesn’t believe in 5G conspiracies.

Woody Harrelson, MIA and Amir Khan have also falsely linked 5G internet to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Jason Gardiner and Callum Best also posted similar claims that 5G can impact the immune system.

Senior minister Michael Gove and National Medical Director of NHS England Stephen Powis have slammed the claims as “complete and utter rubbish and the worst kind of fake news”.