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President Trump announced in a tweet Monday night that he will sign an executive order to temporarily suspend immigration to the United States in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Details: "In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!" Trump tweeted. The White House did not immediately share any detail about what such an order would state.

  • It's unclear when he would sign the order and whether it would be extended to non-American citizens who plan to travel to the U.S. for family visits or on business.

The big picture: Trump's announcement comes days after he fueled reopening protests with his "liberate" tweets singling out some blue states on lockdown, and as the president and some governors have announced moves to partially reopen the U.S. economy.

By the numbers: The virus has infected more than 784,500 people and killed over 42,100 in the U.S. as of early Tuesday, per Johns Hopkins. More than 72,500 Americans have recovered, and over 4 million tests have been conducted.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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The big picture: Australia was on track to suppress the virus in May, but cases have been spiking in Victoria in recent weeks, where a state of disaster was declared last week, enabling officials to introduce restrictions including a night-time curfew in state capital Melbourne.

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Why it matters: The push is part of a larger effort to show that President Trump is taking the pandemic seriously, something White House officials describe as a "renewed focus."

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Why it matters: President Trump has doubled down on his promotion of hydroxychoroquine as a coronavirus treatment in recent days, even after the FDA ended its emergency use authorization due to possible heart complications.