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Singapore To Make Some Arrivals Wear Electronic Trackers

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 03 August 2020

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From Aug. 11, the devices will be given to incoming travelers, including citizens and residents, from a select group of countries who will be allowed to isolate at home. | AFP-JIJI

Electronic trackers will be given to incoming travelers including citizens.

Security (Health) // BLUF: Singapore will be giving electronic tracking devices to travelers entering the country, including citizens and residents, who have arrived from a select group of countries from 11 August 2020.

This will mean that these travelers will be able to isolate at home, rather at state-run facilities.

Similar devices have been used in Hong Kong and South Korea to track movements of citizens and residents during coronavirus quarantine.

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The Daily Quick-Look for 03 August 2020

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look is your at-a-glance look at several key events and situations around the world over the last 24 hours. Each headline contains the link to its source report.

BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front.

FYSA = For Your Situational Awareness.

1. LATIN AMERICA - Security (Health): Latin America sees coronavirus records tumble as cases near 5 million

FYSA: Argentina broke past 200,000 COVID-19 cases on Sunday and Colombia set a daily record as grim milestones topple in Latin America, pushing the world’s worst affected region towards a combined 5 million cases. The region, which topped 200,000 deaths on Saturday, has struggled to stall the spread of the novel coronavirus, with infections picking up pace in many countries even as governments look to ease lockdowns and revive economic growth.

Latin America, which has some 8% of the world’s population, accounts for close to 30% of global cases and fatalities, with infections still spreading fast and hitting regional leaders like Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro and Bolivia’s Jeanine Anez. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

2. SINGAPORE - Security (Health): Singapore to make travelers wear electronic tags to enforce quarantine

FYSA: Singapore will make some incoming travelers wear an electronic monitoring device to ensure that they comply with coronavirus quarantines as the city-state gradually reopens its borders, authorities said Monday. From August 11, the devices will be given to incoming travelers, including citizens and residents, from a select group of countries who will be allowed to isolate at home rather than at a state-appointed facility. Similar measures using electronic wristbands to track peoples’ movements during quarantine have been used in Hong Kong and South Korea. Travelers to Singapore are required to activate the device, which use GPS and Bluetooth signals, upon reaching their home and will receive notifications on the device which they must acknowledge. Any attempt to leave home or tamper with the device will trigger an alert to the authorities. (Japan Times. See link in heading for further reading)

3. CHINA, NEW ZEALAND - Political: China suspends extradition agreement with New Zealand

FYSA: China said on Monday it will suspend its extradition agreement with New Zealand in response to Wellington suspending its existing extradition treaty with Hong Kong.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin announced the decision at a daily briefing. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

4. AUSTRALIA - Security (Health): Australia's Melbourne to close retail, scale back other industries until mid September

FYSA: Australia’s second-biggest city Melbourne already under night curfew announced fresh restrictions on industries on Monday, including retail and construction, as it steps up desperate efforts to contain the spread of a resurgent coronavirus. From Wednesday night, Melbourne will close retail, some manufacturing and administrative businesses as part of a six week lockdown which is expected to hit 250,000 jobs, roughly the number already impacted. The state of Victoria declared a “state of emergency” on Sunday due to a surge in community transmissions. Australia has fared better than many countries, with 18,361 coronavirus cases and 221 deaths, but now risks losing control of the virus in Victoria state which has imposed the country’s harshest movement restrictions to date. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

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