The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 07 July 2020
NSW Shuts Interstate Border With Victoria
The Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) has shut its interstate border with Victoria, after the growing number of cases of COVID-19 in Melbourne.
Several apartment blocks in Melbourne have recently been locked down by the government with police and emergency services deployed to keep residents from leaving.
The border closure saw Melbourne residents barred from crossing into NSW on Monday, with the closure extending to all Victorian residents on Wednesday.
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The Daily Quick-Look for 07 July 2020
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1. CANADA - Political: Trudeau skipping Trump summit with Mexican president
FYSA: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will not visit Washington with Mexico’s president this week to celebrate a new North American trade deal, his office said Monday, after Canada raised concerns over potential U.S. aluminum tariffs. (Reuters. See link in heading)
2. US, NORTH KOREA - Security/Political: North Korea says it has no intention to sit down with U.S.: KCNA
FYSA: North Korea has no intention to sit down with the United States and urged South Korea to “stop meddling,” a senior diplomat said on Tuesday, just as a U.S. envoy was due to visit Seoul in an effort to renew stalled nuclear talks with Pyongyang.
Kwon Jong Gun, director general for U.S. affairs at Pyongyang’s foreign ministry, accused South Korea of misinterpreting Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui’s earlier statement dismissing an “untimely rumour” about another summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump. (Reuters. See link in heading)
3. HONG KONG - Security: Arrested Under New Law, Hong Kong Protesters Get Swabbed for DNA
FYSA: As Hong Kong sees life change rapidly under a new security law, protesters have quickly learned that actions that weren’t worthy of police attention a little more than a week ago could now warrant an arrest, DNA sample and search of their home -- in addition to the possibility of jail time. Hong Kong police made their first arrests last week under a sweeping new security law imposed by China, taking 10 protesters into custody. Six men and four women, ages 15 to 67, were charged with acts of inciting or abetting subversion or secession, police said. At least six possessed pro-democracy and independence pamphlets and poster bills that have been distributed during past demonstrations without triggering arrests, according to lawyers representing the protesters. Police collected DNA samples from them and searched their homes -- both rare occurrences, if ever, in more than a year of pro-democracy demonstrations in the territory, according to Janet Pang, a lawyer for several of the protesters. (Bloomberg. See link in heading)
4. AUSTRALIA - Security (Health): Melbourne tower residents left to ‘starve’ as SES take away food
FYSA: Residents locked down in north Melbourne’s public housing towers say they are “starving” and have broken down on camera as they say they were only given four sausage rolls to survive on during a hard lockdown. Public housing residents Debbie Harrison and her elderly mother Ivy told A Current Affair on Monday night they’d run out of fresh food and toilet paper and when they asked for help they were ignored. Residents in nine public housing towers in North Melbourne and Flemington were put into a hard lockdown confining them to their homes on Saturday afternoon, after a spike in coronavirus cases was linked to some of the towers. Ms Harrison said over a period of 48 hours her and her mother were only given four sausage rolls in a plastic bag to eat. “The (sausage rolls) are just going to go in the bin,” she told the reporter who interviewed her from her balcony. She said her and her mum had been OK on Sunday but “today, it’s just not fair.” Another tower resident, Omar, told the program pregnant mums had been begging other residents for milk. “People are going to die of starvation,” he said. (News.com.au. See link in heading)
5. AUSTRALIA - Security (Health): Australia Closes Interstate Border Because Of Coronavirus Outbreak
FYSA: The border between Australian states Victoria and New South Wales will close because of a spike in coronavirus cases, officials announced on Monday. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said the closure is for an undetermined period. Victoria, whose capital city is Melbourne, has logged 127 confirmed cases in the last 24 hours, which accounts for more than 90% of Australia's infections during that period, according to national data. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that the border would first shut down to residents of Melbourne, where the outbreak has been concentrated, and then will extend to all residents of Victoria on Wednesday. Police and health officials will monitor 55 ground crossings — including highways, bridges and waterways — as well as airports and rail stations according to a report from ABC Australia. (NPR. See link in heading)
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