A staggering 73% of all countries across the world have shut their borders either partially or fully, covering 7.2 billion people worldwide.
This pandemic has effectively put an end to globalism.
A new report by Pew Research Center shows that 7.2 billion people on earth is living in a country that has imposed travel restrictions for people such as tourists, new immigrants and business travellers. This is 93% of the earths population!
Further, about 3 billion people live in countries that have completely shut down their borders to non-citizens and non-residents. That is 39% of the earths population.
143 out of 195 countries worldwide have either complete or partial border closures. 64 countries have completely shut their borders, and 79 countries have partial border closures. In total, that is 73% of all countries worldwide.
At Times of Sweden, we were early reporting on this. European countries starting shutting down their borders left, right and center.
Eventually the whole European Union decided to stop people from outside of Europe from coming in.
Even Sweden, known for having open borders, decided to shut their borders from people from outside the EU. However, Sweden will still allow asylum seekers.
In unprecedented moves, Denmark and Norway even shut their borders with Sweden. Soldiers from the national guard have been deployed to guard the Norwegian border with Sweden. Danish soldiers have helped the police guard checkpoints at the Öresund bridge connecting Denmark with Sweden.
This is unprecedented. Long before the European Union even existed, Norway and Sweden have had open borders. But the corona virus has shut that down.
Some countries only have travel restrictions, while others have shut their borders completely.
Denmark, Norway, Poland, Czech Republic are some of the countries that have closed their borders. Most eastern European countries have in fact closed their borders completely.
Most Western European countries however have only imposed travel restrictions.
Ironically, China, home to more than 1.4 billion people, have closed it’s borders. The USA have closed it’s borders to many people from European countries and China.
Another aspect of the corona virus pandemic is trade.
We have lived in a world that has become increasingly globalized, with globalized trade. Many companies have outsourced manufacturing to other countries, like China. China now stands for 16% of global output.
This has been beneficial for companies, where they can produce things cheaply abroad. However, what happens if the supply chain breaks down, which we now have seen happen with the corona virus pandemic?
“Once supply chains were disrupted, people started looking for alternative suppliers at home, even if they were more expensive” said Professor Richard Portes, professor of economics at London Business School.
We will see more companies bring manufacturing back to their home countries. Thus we will see more jobs being created. We will see important products such as medicine start being produced at home, instead of abroad.
There are also other changes that this pandemic has brought about. Children are being homeschooled. Feminism seems to be a thing of the past. I haven’t heard anyone talk about “hate speech” or “patriarchy”.
We have lived in such good times here in the Western world, that some people, especially on the far-left, had to make up new things all the time to be “oppressed” over.
We now have more important things to think about. We don’t have time to obsess over made up, first world, non-issues. We have a pandemic to stop. We have lives to save.
Weeks ago, I predicted that Europe was heading for it’s darkest hour since WW2. Since then, we have seen lockdowns in country after country. Country after country have shut down their borders.
We don’t know what the future holds, but one things is for certain. The year 2020 will be a monumental change in world history. When this corona virus pandemic is over, the world will look very different than before.
This is a defining moment for the 21st century. 50 years from now, people will be looking back at today. We will tell our children about this. We will think about all lives that were lost during this pandemic.
We are all in this together, let’s do our best of it and come out the other end stronger than before.