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The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 13 June 2020

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FILE PHOTO: People wearing face masks queue to enter a reopened Primark store as Madrid eases lockdown restrictions following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Madrid, Spain, June 11, 2020. REUTERS/Susana Vera/

The 'Second Wave' Gathers Its Strength.

The much-touted 'second wave' coronavirus outbreak appears to be gathering strength.

With recent protests around the world, where social distancing and hygiene measures to protect against coronavirus were all but thrown aside, along with countries that find it difficult to implement these kinds of measures in the first place; another outbreak is a strong likelihood.

But will it happen? The discipline and sacrifice shown by countries that locked-down, could all be for nothing. While other countries still struggle with their first wave.

(See Point 1 Below)

The Daily Quick-Look for 13 June 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 and why they matter. Each headline contains the link to its source report.

*BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front.

1. US/INDIA/CHINA – Security (Health): Risk Of New Lockdowns Rises With Fear Of Second COVID-19 Wave

BLUF: Fears of a second wave of COVID-19 infections shut six major food markets in Beijing on Friday, while India, which opened up this week, recorded a record daily increase and half a dozen U.S. states said their hospital beds were filling up fast. (Reuters. See Link In Heading)

2. FRANCE – Security (Travel): France To Lift Border Controls For EU Travellers On June 15

BLUF: France will lift restrictions at its borders for EU travellers on June 15, the French Interior and Foreign ministries said in a statement on Friday. (Reuters. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: While protests have erupted around the world that increase the risk of a ‘second wave’ outbreak, European countries continue to work towards reopening borders to reignite tourism and trade.

3. SOMALIA –Security: Al Qaeda-Linked Group Sets Up Coronavirus Care Facility In Somalia

BLUF: Al-Shabab, the al Qaeda-linked extremist group based out of Somalia, has opened up a coronavirus care facility in the country, The Associated Press reported Friday. (The Hill. See Link In Heading) Why It Matters: While a move such as this will help al-Shabaab deal with its own affected members more effectively, this will also serve to win over locals with a ‘hearts and minds’ approach to providing 'health care'.

4. LEBANON – Security/Economic: Lebanon Protests Escalate As Currency Dives , Lebanon To Re-Open Beirut International Airport From July 1: Statement

BLUF: Hundreds of people have taken to the streets in cities across Lebanon amid escalating protests as the country faces a collapse in its currency. Anger has surged as the Lebanese pound tumbled to record lows, having lost 70% of its value since October when protests began. In response, the government announced a series of measures intended to stabilise the value of the currency. The protests paused during coronavirus lockdown, but recently resumed. The depreciation of the Lebanese pound has plunged the country into its worst economic crisis in decades. Many Lebanese citizens who rely on hard savings have fallen into poverty, their plight worsened by the pandemic.

Lebanon will re-open Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport for commercial flights beginning July 1, but will keep air traffic at 10% of capacity from a year ago, a statement from the prime minister’s office said on Friday. Private flights will resume from June 24, the statement said. Passengers will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival and obliged to practice home quarantine if testing positive, it added. (BBC, Reuters. See Links In Headings)

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