Coronavirus map LIVE: Fury as EU states lash out at UK – ‘They are going to retaliate’

Coronavirus map LIVE: Fury as EU states lash out at UK – ‘They are going to retaliate’

France, Germany, Greece and Spain will all place restrictions on US tourists entering their countries as they reopen from lockdowns unless the UK scraps its plan, or its coronavirus infection rates decrease. The European countries’ moves are likely to fuel a growing backbench and industry backlash over the Government’s quarantine, which will require all international arrivals, including returning Britons, to self-isolate for 14 days. Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said: “At just the moment the industry could start moving again, we are about to shut them down and other countries are going to retaliate.”

Industry chiefs are angry at the proposals, and Alex Cruz, BA’s chief executive, yesterday refused to join a conference with Home Secretary Priti Patel and Kelly Tolhurst, the aviation minister, to discuss the issue.

Meanwhile, the European Commission is calling on EU member states to lift all border checks within the bloc by the end of June, Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson has.

French tourism minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne said his country would impose a 14-day quarantine on UK visitors if Britain proceeds with its quarantine plan on Monday – although he added France plans to open its borders to other EU nations on June 15.

Germany’s foreign minister Heiko Maas said he would be “strongly advising” against travel to Britain due to its quarantine – just as his country lifts its travel restrictions for 30 other European nationalities from June 15.

His Greek counterpart Haris Theoharis was quoted as saying as long as Britain’s coronavirus rate remained comparatively high, travellers from most UK airports faced mandatory tests for COVID-19 and quarantine of seven days even if they were found to be clear of the virus.

And Spain, while ruling out “tit-for-tat” quarantine measures, said the right of entry would partly depend on a country’s “epidemiological situation”.

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The UK is facing tit-for-tit quarantine measures for among others, Emmanuel Macron’s France (Image: GETTY)

8.11am update: “Don’t take law into your own hands,” urges Khan

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said there would be an “element of discretion and good faith” when it comes to enforcing the wearing of face masks on public transport.

He told BBC Breakfast that people with breathing problems would not be forced to wear one, and neither will young children.

He added: “The idea is that enough of us wearing these will stop the virus spreading faster.”

Mr Khan said the policy would rely a lot on “positive peer pressure” but urged commuters not “take the law into your own hands” if they saw people without face coverings and speak to a member of staff instead.

8.08am update: Test and trace system “may not work”, warns Prof

Professor Anthony Costello was critical of the UK’s test and trace system, arguing a more localised form of testing utilising GP surgeries would have been more effective.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We have a system (of testing) that they’ve had for two months and it clearly isn’t working well.

“I’m not convinced it is going to work.”

Prof Costello argued that GP surgeries should have been used as testing hubs, with GPs who know patients’ underlying illnesses monitoring patients who test positive for Covid-19 and contact tracers then linked to such a system.

“It is called the health service and, at the moment, we are focusing on car parks, call centres and apps – that’s fine, they can add to that system maybe,” he said.

“But it doesn’t make sense to me that we are by-passing what is a world-beating system actually – our primary care system in the UK – and it would be in my view much more cost effective.

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Face masks on public transport will become mandatory on June 15 (Image: GETTY)

8.05am update: Face mask evidence “not very strong”, says former WHO chief

Professor Anthony Costello, a former director at the World Health Organisation, said the evidence that wearing masks prevented transmission of coronavirus was “not very strong” but stated that he would choose to wear one when using public transport.

The professor of global health at University College London told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that recent studies indicated that masks reduced the risk of transmission by about 14 percent and were most effective when using a stronger mask material.

Asked why scientists had been slow to recommend wearing masks, Prof Costello said: “The problem is that the evidence is not very strong, in terms of randomised trials.

“Of course we must still wash our hands and use them sensibly and, if you use a face covering, you should wash it carefully, things like that.

“People obviously won’t comply with it perfectly but I think it makes sense.

“If I’m travelling on a bus or a tube, I’d want to have a face covering.”

8.02am update: 

Kate Garroway made her first GMB appearance this morning since her husband Derek Draper was taken ill with coronavirus.

Kate Garraway made an emotional return to Good Morning Britain today as she spoke with Ben Shephard and Ranvir Singh about her husband’s battle with coronavirus.

Kate’s husband Derek has been in intensive care for over eight weeks now after falling ill with COVID-19 and the ITV presenter has been taking a break from onscreen duties as a result.

This morning, Kate made her return to the ITV show via video link to share an update on her husband’s wellbeing.

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Kate Garroway speaks on GMB (Image: ITV)

7.51am update: Brazil’s death toll outstrips Italy’s

The number of coronavirus deaths in Brazil has overtaken Italy’s toll , while Mexico reported a record number of new cases, at a time when regional leaders in Latin America are pushing to end quarantine measures and kick their economies back into gear.

Latin America as a whole has become a new focus of the coronavirus pandemic, with health officials urging governments there not to open their economies too fast and to avoid public crowds.

Brazil posted a record number of daily deaths for third consecutive day on Thursday, with 1,437 deaths over the last 24 hours and 30,925 additional coronavirus cases, according to data released by the Health Ministry.

Total deaths in South America’s largest nation now stand at 34,021, trailing only the United States and the UK.

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro in particular has been accused of downplaying the seriousness of the pandemic.

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Jair Bolsonaro shake hands with Donald Trump earlier this year (Image: GETTY)

7.45am update: 

Cyber-criminals are attacking the NHS more during the coronavirus pandemic, the director of GCHQ said yesterday.

Hackers are hunting for information on the UK’s response to the crisis, including vaccine research, Jeremy Fleming said.

Mr Fleming’s intervention came just hours before Defence Secretary announced that the British Army had set up its first dedicated cyber regiment.

The Ministry of Defence said Britain’s adversaries are “creating a new cyber frontline”, adding that the 13th Signal Regiment will provide “digital armour” to troops operating overseas.

7.36am update: 

Bald men could be at greater risk of having serious COVID-19 symptoms, according to new research.

Brown University’s Professor Carlos Wambier conducted two studies in Spain which found that a disproportionately high number of men with male pattern baldness were taken to hospital with coronavirus.

The first study found of 71 percent of the 41 patients examined with COVID-19 in Spanish hospitals were bald, with the background rate of baldness for white men of a similar age to the patients between 31 and 53 percent.

The second study, which was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, found 79 percent of the 122 male coronavirus patients in Madrid hospitals were bald.

Scientists have argued androgens – male sex hormones – may contribute to hair loss and increase the ability of the coronavirus to attack cells.

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French tourist minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne (Image: GETTY)

7.32am update: EU states threaten quarantine retaliation

EU states furious at the UK’s plan to impose a 14-day quarantine period on visitors from their countries are ready to respond with similar measures of their own as the spiralling row threatens to boil over – with France in particular ready to single Britain out.

France, Germany, Greece and Spain will all place restrictions on US tourists entering their countries as they reopen from lockdowns unless the UK scraps its plan, or its coronavirus infection rates decrease.

Meanwhile, the European Commission is calling on EU member states to lift all border checks within the bloc by the end of June, Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson has.

French tourism minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne said his country would impose a 14-day quarantine on UK visitors if Britain proceeds with its quarantine plan on Monday – although he added France plans to open its borders to other EU nations on June 15.

Published at Fri, 05 Jun 2020 06:21:00 +0000