Leicester going back into lockdown has nothing to do with 5G

7 July 2020
What was claimed

Leicester is going back into lockdown soon after 5G was rolled out there.

Our verdict

5G coverage was available in Leicester by November 2019, months before Covid-19 was detected in the UK. 5G is not linked to cases of Covid-19. Leicester had some lockdown restrictions re-imposed because the number of cases there was increasing.

A post on Facebook has suggested that Covid-19 symptoms and 5G are related, and the evidence it gives for that is that Leicester has gone back into lockdown soon after 5G was rolled out there.

But that’s not true. Aside from the fact that 5G has nothing to do with the new coronavirus (as we have written many times), Leicester has had 5G coverage since at least November 2019, some months before Covid-19 was first detected in the UK, and long before the city was put into a more restrictive lockdown for the second time. 

Other cities, like Hull, Leeds and Newcastle, first got 5G more recently than Leicester, from at least December 2019, and these places aren’t currently going back into lockdown.

5G has been available in cities like London, Cardiff and Edinburgh since May 2019.

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What’s happening in Leicester?

On 29 June 2020, Matt Hancock announced that because the number of Covid-19 cases had continued to rise in Leicester, while they had generally decreased in the rest of England, that the city and some surrounding areas would not be subject to the imminent relaxation of lockdown restrictions planned for the rest of England, and that some previously relaxed restrictions would be re-imposed.

Among the measures were that non-essential shops were asked to close from 30 June, and bars, restaurants and hairdressers would not be allowed to open from 4 July.

These measures will be reviewed on 18 July.

5G has nothing to do with Covid-19

5G has nothing to do with the symptoms of Covid-19. Covid-19 is a disease caused by a virus, called SARS-CoV-2. Scientists have been studying the disease and its cause for several months now, and have sequenced the genetic material of the virus. 

And as we’ve written about before, there is no evidence that 5G is harmful to humans.

Like the previous generations of wireless network technology before it (4G, 3G and 2G), 5G mobile data is transmitted over radio waves. Radio waves are found at the low-frequency end of the spectrum and—alongside microwaves, visible light and heat—are what’s known as “non-ionising” radiation. This means that these waves cannot damage the DNA inside cells, which is how waves with higher frequencies (such as x-rays, gamma rays and ultraviolet light) are thought to cause cancer. 

Correction 9 July 2020

We've corrected a typo which said that 5G has nothing to do with the symptoms of 5G. It has nothing to do with the symptoms of Covid-19.

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