Coronavirus map LIVE: Terrifying stats spark panic in Berlin and Spain – second wave fears

Coronavirus map LIVE: Terrifying stats spark panic in Berlin and Spain – second wave fears

The number of coronavirus cases in the German city of Berlin rose to more than 300 on Tuesday, with another 35 cases recorded. This prompted officials to switch their coronavirus alert warning to red after the COVID-19 R rate rose to 1.95. Meanwhile in Spain official figures have raised questions over nearly 17,000 unexplained deaths.

New data shows that more people have died in Spain than the recorded number of coronavirus deaths. 

In the first 21 weeks of 2020, 225,930 people died in Spain – 43,945 more than the same period the year before in 2019 and 16,818 more than the current confirmed coronavirus death total. 

This means there are 16,818 unaccounted for deaths during the same period that have not been recorded as related to COVID-19. 

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8.11am update: Aston Martin makes job cuts 

British luxury carmaker Aston Martin plans to shed up to 500 jobs as it seeks to bring its cost base into line with reduced sports car production levels.

The job cuts come a week after Aston Martin confirmed that Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG, would become chief executive on August 1, replacing Andy Palmer.

The 107-year old firm said the job losses reflected lower than originally planned production volumes and improved productivity across the business. An employee and trade union consultation process will be launched in the coming days.

7.53am update: Ryanair attacks quarantine ‘it’s a waste of time’ 

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary says the UK quarantine isn’t a proper quarantine and is a waste of time.

He told BBC TV: “You don’t have a quarantine, people are going to be allowed to come in next week through Heathrow and Gatwick, they then get on the London Underground, the trains, the busses, the taxis, to get to their destination. They can stop off at the supermarket, they can play a round of golf.

“This is going to do untold damage to British tourism, the thousands of hotels and restaurants and guest houses all over the UK that depend on European visitors will be deterred by this useless and ineffective quarantine.”

7.51am update: Germany forms vaccine alliance 

Germany and three other EU states are forging a new alliance aimed at securing access to coronavirus vaccines, once developed, and making sure they are distributed fairly around the world, business daily Handelsblatt reported.

Handelsblatt quoted German Health Minister Jens Spahn and his colleagues from France, Italy and the Netherlands as writing in a letter to the EU Commission it had seen that access to vaccines is “one of the most urgent issues that the European Union has to address at present”.

Therefore, a core group of member states had joined up to “achieve the fastest and best possible outcome in negotiations with key players in the pharmaceutical industry”.

7.30am update: UK leads fall in global trust of leadership in wake of coronavirus 

People across almost all the world’s leading rich economies have turned more sceptical about their governments’ handling of the coronavirus pandemic with confidence slumping the most in Britain, a survey showed on Thursday.

In May, in the Group of Seven nations as a whole, 48 percent of respondents approved of how authorities had handled the pandemic, down from 50 percent in April and 54 percent in March, the survey published by polling firm Kantar showed.

Britain saw the biggest drop – a sharp fall of 18 points from April to 51 percent – while in the US, Canada, Germany, France and Italy, the declines ranged between two and six points. Japan was the only country to show an increase.

Published at Thu, 04 Jun 2020 06:26:00 +0000