The price of US crude oil plunged almost 20%, to below $15, in early trading on Monday – its lowest point since 1999 – as stockpiles continued to build owing to a crash in demand caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Concerns have been heightened by the growing standoff between the US president and state governors over whether the US can begin to lift restrictions on movement and businesses.
A gunman who at one point masqueraded as a policeman killed at least 16 people in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia during a 12-hour rampage, authorities said on Sunday, in what was the country’s worst modern-era mass shooting. Police discovered the killings late on Saturday after multiple reports of shots at a house in the small coastal town of Portapique, about 130 km (80 miles) north of the provincial capital, Halifax.
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern has thanked people for “stopping an uncontrolled explosion of Covid-19”, as she announced an easing of lockdown. The country has been praised for its quick and strict response to the virus, and will move from “Level 4” lockdown to “Level 3” late next Monday. It means some businesses can reopen, along with some schools, while rules on local travel will be relaxed.
Europe’s coronavirus death toll topped 100,000 on Sunday, according to an NBC News tally, less than 24 hours after protesters took to the streets of several U.S. state capitol buildings this weekend, to demand an end to shutdown orders. A number of state governors have sought to temper regional expectations about lifting lockdowns and have warned about moving too fast in the face of unresolved issues, like a lack of mass testing.
At the daily White House briefing, the US president warned that Beijing would face consequences if it was “knowingly responsible” for the spread of COVID-19, but he stopped short of saying what type of actions he might take. “It could have been stopped in China before it started and it wasn’t, and the whole world is suffering from it,” Mr Trump told reporters on Saturday.