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Activists claim 5G is ‘exacerbating’ coronavirus

And other stories from the stranger side of life

Conspiracy theorists fear that 5G wifi networks could be acting as an “accelerator” for the new coronavirus. Critics of the ultra-fast network erroneously claim it could be “exacerbating” Covid-19. An activist said: “We can’t say 5G has caused the coronavirus, but it might be exacerbating it.” Others have claimed the new virus is a cover-up for the alleged affects of 5G. As the UK’s independent fact-checking charity, Full Fact, says: “This is incorrect, the new coronavirus is a virus and there is no evidence that 5G is harmful to people’s health.”

Spanish police stop man’s dog lockdown scheme

A man in Spain has tried unsuccessfully to rent out his dogs to people wanting to exploit a loophole in the lockdown rules which allow people out to walk a dog. A police spokeswoman in the northeastern Galicia region said of the thwarted scheme: “That would be infringing the decree that only permits going outdoors for work, groceries, walking your dog or pharmacy visits.”

Independence Day cloud spooks people

An orange mushroom-like cloud appeared over Portugal and reminded people of a scene from the Will Smith disaster movie Independence Day. When footage showed the cloud spanning a huge distance across a highway, one commenter wrote: “Looks like entities revealing its arrival from depths... unknown” and another added: “We are all gonna die today!”

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