The coronavirus pandemic that has crippled major retailers and small shops worldwide

The coronavirus pandemic that has crippled major retailers and small shops worldwide may be making a dent in illicit business, too.

In Chicago, one of the most violent places in the US, drug arrests in the weeks since the city shut down are down by 42% compared with the same period last year.

“They cannot stop coronavirus coming, it’s got everywhere,” he tells the Independent, from inside the camp.

“If one person with coronavirus comes into the camp – I promise that all of the people in the camp will get it. Every person that’s older than 50 is going to die, unfortunately, and every person with heart and lung disease, is going to die.”

Mr Varadkar thanked Irish people for the their forbearance and said every sacrifice they were making was saving lives.

“Because the vast majority of people have heeded the advice of the experts we have been able to interrupt the spread of the virus, we have been able to shelter the most vulnerable and protect them,” he said.

Peter Navarro, the White House trade adviser, outlined how policy should dovetail with Mr Trump’s aim of recovering jobs once social distancing restrictions were lifted: “If we learn anything from this crisis, it should be never again should we have to depend on the rest of the world for our essential medicines and countermeasures.”

The crisis has brought other opportunities for Mr Trump: deprived of his regular rallies and impromptu press conferences whenever he leaves the White House for trips, he has been savouring the opportunity to lead the daily coronavirus briefing for up to two hours during primetime evening television. He has held 27 briefings in 28 days.

Unlike most of Europe, Sweden has not imposed a lockdown, and primary schools, shops, cafes, restaurants and bars remain open.

People are not generally ordered to stay at home, although they are told to isolate at the first sign of ‘slight cold-like symptoms’.