President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his new U.S. immigration ban would last 60 days and apply to those seeking ‘green cards’ for permanent residency in an effort to protect Americans seeking to regain jobs lost because of the coronavirus. Trump plans to institute the ban through an executive order, which he said he was likely to sign on Wednesday.
The state of Missouri is suing the Chinese government over the coronavirus, alleging that nation’s officials are to blame for the global pandemic. The lawsuit, filed in federal court by the state’s top lawyer, alleges Chinese officials are “responsible for the enormous death, suffering, and economic losses they inflicted on the world, including Missourians”. It was unclear whether the lawsuit will have much, if any, impact.
Allies of both Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his bitter foe, opposition leader Juan Guaido, have secretly begun exploratory talks as concerns grow about the possible impact of coronavirus, according to sources on both sides. The discussions emerged from concerns about COVID-19, hyperinflation and growing fuel shortages, as well as worries among some members of the ruling Socialist Party about how to ensure their political survival under a possible change of government.
At least 22 people were shot dead after a gunman went on a rampage in Novia Scotia over the weekend in Canada’s deadliest mass shooting to date. People were shot in their homes and properties set on fire. On Monday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said they have recovered bodies from some of the locations of the fires. A police spokesman confirmed that 22 people were killed in the attack, as well as the gunman.
A second wave of coronavirus cases in the US could be even worse than the first, the country’s top health official has warned. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Robert Redfield said the danger was higher as a fresh outbreak would likely coincide with the flu season. It would put “unimaginable strain” on the US health care system, he said.