WASHINGTON | in the Face of “the invisible enemy” of the coronavirus, the president, Donald Trump has announced to “temporarily suspend” the immigration to the United States to “protect the jobs” of the Americans, and the economy of the country, today the most affected by the pandemic.
“In light of the attack of the invisible Enemy, and facing the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT american citizens, I’m going to sign a presidential decree to temporarily suspend the immigration to the United States,” has gazouillé Donald Trump.
The coronavirus, which he called the”invisible enemy”, has already killed more than 42,000 people in the United States, a new front line of the disease. Near 766 660 cases have been registered, and 22 million Americans have lost their job because of the epidemic.
Since its debut in December in the centre of China, the COVID-19 has done at least 167 594 deaths in the world, according to the latest report prepared by the AFP on Monday evening from an official source. China has curbed the disease, which was then hit Europe (two-thirds of all deaths in the world), and today the United States.
Less cars, too much oil
The president, billionaire, candidate for re-election in November 2020 and that one of the campaign themes favorites is the limitation of immigration, has not given any detail on how it intends to apply this measure, and for how long.
In the Face of the expansion of the epidemic, it was in the month of January, restricted the movement with China, before prohibiting travel between the United States and most european countries in mid-march.
Donald Trump has since shown looking forward in the face of efforts to combat the disease and encouraged the angry demonstrators against the containment measures in some States.
This announcement comes as the oil has announced on Monday a historic collapse : the price of oil futures has dropped below zero for the first time, as a result of a sharp drop in demand and the u.s. supply close to saturation.
The price of a barrel of american crude oil quoted at New York for may delivery has fallen to -37,63 dollars, a fall exacerbated by the impending expiration of a futures contract, which has pushed investors to offload at any price : the barrels u.s. for delivery next month have lost their entire value and investors wishing to get rid of with no choice other than to put the hand in the pocket to find a buyer.
The price of the black gold, however, rebounded Tuesday in Asia, returning to slightly above zero.
“The problem is that at this moment in the world, nobody leads car”, has summed up in his own way the american president Donald Trump. “The factories are closed and businesses are closed.”
For the Russian prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, an agreement-type cartel could explain this dramatic drop in the price of the black gold. “What we are seeing in terms of futures contracts on the oil reminds a lot of an agreement-type cartel,” said Tuesday Mr. Medvedev on his page in Facebook, calling for measures to calm the market.
“Not out of the woods”
At least 4.5 billion people in 110 countries and territories now live confined or constrained to limit their movement in an attempt to stem the spread of the COVID-19, nearly six human-in-ten (58 %).
Beyond the human drama, and health, the economic cost looks huge for a modern world ultra-connected, who lives at the pace of growth indexes. Impatience wins also populations forced to cloister themselves in relative comfort in Europe, but in poverty and misery on other continents.
In Europe, several countries – headed by Germany, but also Austria, Norway, Denmark – have started to ease of containment, while retaining measures of “social distancing”.
But “going too fast would be a mistake, that is what worries me”, stressed the German chancellor Angela Merkel, who called on to maintain discipline. “We are at the beginning of the pandemic, and we are still far from being out of the woods”, she said.
The famous beer Festival of Munich, scheduled this year from 19 September to 4 October, is cancelled, has also announced on Tuesday the local authorities. “(…) The risks were simply too high” with more than 6 million expected visitors, of which one-third from overseas and Asia in particular, have found it.
In most of the countries concerned, cultural venues, bars, restaurants, sports fields, however, remain closed. Schools and colleges will re-open gradually. And large gatherings such as concerts or sports events are always prohibited.
France, Spain and Italy, heavily affected by the epidemic, prepare and also one of the first measures of déconfinement in the days or weeks to come. The French government has already relaxed the confinement in institutions for the elderly.
Armies of trolls
On the Old continent, Italy has been the country most affected (24 114 deaths), followed by Spain (20 852), France (20 265), and the United Kingdom (16 509), according to the latest report compiled from official source.
Some of these countries have registered positive signals : in Italy, the number of patients declined on Monday for the first time. And in the United Kingdom, 449 deaths were recorded on Monday, the weakest balance sheet daily since 6 April.
In Italy, the first relief measures will not be taken before 3 may. But little by little the businesses re-opened, even if it is partial and with a lot of precautions. In Spain, the morgue improvised in a skating rink Madrid, a time symbol of the slaughter, will close Wednesday.
In contrast to the United Kingdom, the containment introduced on march 23, has been extended for at least three weeks on Thursday, and the government have no plans yet to get out.
Human cost, the economy to stop… there are also the consequences of the virus on the freedoms, including freedom of the press.
Some States “are taking advantage of the amazement of the public and of the weakening of the mobilization to impose measures that are impossible to adopt in normal times,” said the organization Reporters without borders (RSF) in its global ranking by 2020 of the freedom of the press. China and Iran in particular, “have established mechanisms of censorship’ massive
The “pandemic infox” around the COVID-19 is favoured by the mixing between propaganda, advertising, gossip and journalism, while “armies of trolls-State, Russia, China, India, the Philippines and Vietnam use the weapon of misinformation in social networks”, according to RSF.