As expected and previously announced, the United States suspended, on Sunday night, the 24th, the entry of Brazilians in American territory. The president Donald Trump threatened to enact the restrictions since the end of April, when the disaster of the coronavirus in the country it was beginning to show itself out of control. The measure also restricts the entry of foreigners from Brazil. It was just a matter of time. Despite the said good relations between the president Jair Bolsonaro and the American representative, the pressure for the United States to close its borders to Brazilians was sung. Mayor of Miami, one of the main destinations for Brazilians, Francis Suárez was already openly defending the blockade of Brazilian travelers in the country. Donald Trump's gesture symbolizes the country's latent concern about restrictive measures and comes in the wake of the ban on the entry of travelers from other centers where the disease has already proved out of control. The measure is valid from the next day 29.
The ban comes the day after the country overtook Russia in official numbers of infected people as the second nation most affected by the pandemic. “This attitude clearly shows that we are in a situation where the whole world sees us as a threat. Neighboring countries, such as Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, have already expressed their concern about the threat of uncontrolled pandemics in Brazil, but have not taken any action, ”says Rubens Ricupero, former Brazilian ambassador to the United States.
“It can be seen that Brazil, in fact, step by step, is becoming the epicenter of the pandemic. The United States shows that contagion and death curves there are stabilized or declining, ”he explains. According to Ricupero, the measure, although expected, shows that President Trump outsources the impacts of measures to combat the disease and that Bolsonaro's automatic alignment with American policies and speeches did not bring advantages to Brazil in diplomatic terms. “It is an illusion to think that the attitudes of accepting and following everything that Trump does would win some kind of benefit. The sanctions against Brazilian steel and aluminum are proof of that, and now Trump again shows the offensive to delegate his responsibilities to third parties ”, he concludes.
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The numbers of the disease in Brazil are indeed frightening. The country has 347 thousand people infected by the virus and more than 22 thousand deaths. The American country, considered the global epicenter of the disease, has 1.6 million confirmed cases and borders 100 thousand deaths, with 97,986 confirmed deaths. Presidents Jair Bolsonaro and Donald Trump have shown synergy in interpretations and actions to combat the virus, including in subjugating the guidelines of the World Health Organization. “This suppression of travelers has been part of the policies that countries have been dealing with to control the disease and the numbers in Brazil, the evolution of the disease, give rise to attitudes like this ”, says Otaviano Canuto, director of the World Bank. The move was announced hours after White House National Security adviser Robert O’Brien admitted that the US government would adopt the restrictions. "We hope it will be temporary, but due to the situation in Brazil, we will take all necessary measures to protect the American people," he said in an interview with CBS television. "Today the president has taken decisive action to protect our country by suspending the entry of foreigners who have been in the country for a period of 14 days before seeking admission to the United States," says a press release sent by the White House. Sign of the times.