The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 10 July 2020
An essential worker sanitises surfaces after lockdown restrictions were implemented in response to an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Melbourne, Australia, July 10, 2020. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders
Australia Considering Slowing Return Of Own Citizens Over COVID-19
Australia's cabinet is meeting to consider whether to restrict the number of Australian citizens returning to the country due to COVID-19.
This follows the apparent resurgence of cases in the Victorian city of Melbourne that has resulted in a second 'hard lockdown' for six weeks.
Several high-density residential housing blocks were cordoned off by police, where at least 158 people of 3000 were found to be infected with the virus.
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The Daily Quick-Look for 10 July 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. UNITED STATES - Security/Political: U.S. sanctions highest ranking Chinese official yet over Uighur rights
FYSA: The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on the highest ranking Chinese official yet targeted over alleged human rights abuses against the Uighur Muslim minority, a move likely to further ratchet up tensions between Washington and Beijing. Washington blacklisted Xinjiang region’s Communist Party Secretary Chen Quanguo, a member of China’s powerful Politburo, and three other officials. The highly anticipated action followed months of Washington’s hostility toward Beijing over China’s handling of the novel coronavirus outbreak and its tightening grip on Hong Kong. (Reuters. See link in heading)
2. ITALY - Security (Health): Coronavirus: Italy banning arrivals from 13 countries
FYSA: An ordinance signed by Health Minister Roberto Speranza "bans the entry of people arriving from at-risk countries" into Italy due to the coronavirus. The ordinance regards 13 countries - Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia Herzegovina, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru and the Dominican Republic. "The pandemic is in its most acute phase around the world," Speranza said. "We cannot render the sacrifices made by the Italian people in recent months in vain". (ANSA. See link in heading)
3. UNITED STATES, PAKISTAN - Security/Economic: U.S. Bans Pakistan International Airlines Flights Over Pilot Concerns
FYSA: THE U.S. Department of Transportation said it has revoked permission for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to conduct charter flights to the United States, citing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) concerns over Pakistani pilot certifications. The information is contained in a revocation of special authorisation dated July 1 provided by the department to Reuters on Friday. Pakistan last month grounded almost a third of its pilots after discovering they may have falsified their qualifications. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency suspended PIA's authorisation to fly to the bloc for six months in a blow to the carrier's operations. (USN/Reuters. See link in heading)
4. CHINA, TAIWAN - Security/Political: Undeterred by coronavirus, China takes influence campaign online to win Taiwan hearts
FYSA: As the coronavirus pandemic all but halts travel across the Taiwan Strait, China is taking its campaign pushing for “reunification” with Taiwan to the virtual world of live broadcasts, online conferences and video-making competitions. The intensifying efforts to win hearts and minds in democratic Taiwan come amid widespread support on the island for anti-government protests in Hong Kong and opposition to a new Chinese-imposed security law for the city. Taiwan is China’s most sensitive territorial issue, with Beijing claiming the self-ruled island as its own, to be brought under its control by force if needed. (Reuters. See link in heading)
5. HONG KONG - Political: Security law: Australia suspends extradition agreement with Hong Kong
FYSA: Australia on Thursday offered protections for Hongkongers living in the country in response to China’s imposition of a tough national security law for the territory. In steps certain to anger Beijing, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his government was suspending its extradition agreement with Hong Kong and offering thousands of Hong Kongers in Australia on temporary visas a pathway to permanent residency. (HKFP. See link in heading)
6. AUSTRALIA - Economic: Australia's national cabinet meets to consider slowing number of citizens allowed to return
FYSA: Australia’s national cabinet will meet on Friday to discuss slowing the number of citizens allowed to return to the country from overseas, as authorities grapple with a COVID-19 outbreak in the country’s second most populous state. With heightened fears of a new national wave of infections, Prime Minister Scott Morrison earlier this week proposed the restriction in order to ease the pressure on state authorities who oversee the mandatory 14-day quarantine of anyone who returns to Australia. Neighbouring New Zealand enacted measures earlier this week to limit the number of citizens returning home to reduce the burden on its overflowing quarantine facilities. (Reuters. See link in heading)
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