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The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 15 July 2020

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The NSW Premier has warned her state will never be able to properly eliminate COVID-19 because of the size of its population. Picture: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images Source: Getty Images

No Plans For Australian State Of New South Wales To Lockdown Again Over COVID-19

Security (Health) // BLUF: The Premier of New South Wales (NSW), Gladys Berejiklian, has at this stage ruled out a second state-wide lockdown over rising COVID-19 infections.

While the state of Victoria has gone back into a six-week lockdown, Berejiklian stated, “Look, that’s not a path we want to take,” she told ABC’s 7:30 last night. She also told A Current Affair the state “cannot shut down every time we have a cluster”.

Berejiklian further commented that due to the size of NSW's population, complete elimination of the virus was unlikely.

NSW is reported to be adopting a long term strategy that seeks to avoid a lockdown situation.

Victoria and NSW: Two neighbouring states, two different approaches.

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The Daily Quick-Look for 15 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, CHINA - Security/Political: U.S. rejects China's claims in South China Sea, adding to tensions

FYSA: The United States on Monday rejected China’s claims to offshore resources in most of the South China Sea, drawing criticism from China which said the U.S. position raised tension in the region, highlighting an increasingly testy relationship. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

2. FRANCE - Security (Health): France to make masks compulsory in enclosed public places

FYSA: France will make it compulsory for people to wear masks in shops and other enclosed public spaces from next month to stop a resurgence of the COVID-19 outbreak, President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday. The virus, which killed more than 30,000 people in France, has been on the decline, but Macron said it was spreading again in some places as France opens up beaches, bars and restaurants after a two-month lockdown. “We have some signs that it’s coming back a bit,” Macron said in an interview with French broadcasters. “Faced with that, we must anticipate and prepare. “I ask fellow citizens to wear masks as much as possible when they are outside, and especially so when they are in an enclosed space,” Macron said. “We will put ourselves in a position where we could, for example, make it completely mandatory from Aug. 1,” he added. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

3. POLAND - Political: Poland's Duda narrowly beats Trzaskowski in presidential vote

FYSA: Poland's incumbent President Andrzej Duda has narrowly beaten challenger Rafal Trzaskowski in Sunday's presidential vote. The National Electoral Commission said Mr Duda had won 51.2% of the votes. It is Poland's slimmest presidential election victory since the end of communism in 1989. One of the major issues of the election was the future of the country's strained relations with the European Union. Mr Duda is a social conservative allied with the government led by the nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party, while Mr Trzaskowski is the socially liberal mayor of Warsaw. (BBC. See link in heading for further reading)

4. QATAR - Security/Political: UN's top court backs Qatar in air blockade row with neighbours

FYSA: The International Court of Justice, the UN's top court, has backed Qatar in a dispute with four neighbours that imposed an air blockade against Doha more than three years ago.

The Hague-based ICJ on Tuesday rejected the appeal by Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) against a decision by the world civil aviation body in favour of Qatar over sovereign airspace, ICJ President Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf said on Tuesday. (Al Jazeera. See link in heading for further reading)

5. PHILIPPINES - Security (Health): Philippines to use police in house-to-house searches for COVID-19 cases

FYSA: Philippine authorities and police will carry out house-to-house searches for COVID-19 patients to prevent wider transmission, a minister said on Tuesday, amid soaring death and infection numbers and some areas returning to a stricter lockdown. Interior Minister Eduardo Año urged the public to report cases in their neighbourhoods, warning that anyone infected who refused to cooperate faced imprisonment. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

6. TAIWAN - Political: More fighting as Taiwan opposition again occupies parliament

FYSA: Taiwan’s main opposition party again occupied parliament on Tuesday to protest against the nomination of a close aide to the president to a top-level watchdog, after fighting with ruling party lawmakers to get into the building. Violence and protests inside the chamber are not unusual in Taiwan, a spirited democracy where passions often run over. Last month fights erupted inside the chamber after lawmakers from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) broke through barricades erected by the main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) who had occupied it to protest against government “tyranny”. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

7. AUSTRALIA - Security (Health): Coronavirus NSW: No plans to lock down state, Gladys Berejiklian says

FYSA: Infections and fears for community transmission might be on the rise in New South Wales, but Premier Gladys Berejiklian has all but ruled out sending her state back into lockdown, saying it’s “no way to live”. Two more coronavirus cases linked to Sydney’s Crossroads Hotel cluster were discovered on Monday, bringing the total number of infections linked to the outbreak to 30 and prompting Ms Berejiklian to announce a slew of new restrictions on pubs. Ms Berejiklian said her state is on “high alert” – but that doesn’t mean she’ll be following in the footsteps of her Victorian counterpart Daniel Andrews and sending virus-afflicted areas back into a lockdown with stage-three measures. (News.com.au. See link in heading for further reading)

8. NEW ZEALAND - Political: Judith Collins the new leader of National Party, Gerry Brownlee the deputy after Todd Muller quits

FYSA: New National Party leader Judith Collins is already targeting Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern - and ensuring she won't get away with any "nonsense" - but one of her first priorities last night was to take stock after one of the most extraordinary days in New Zealand politics.

"I think it might be time for a drink," said Collins, as she concluded her first press conference as National leader, a few seconds before 10pm on Tueday. It ended a bruising day for the party, in which Todd Muller quit as leader at 7.30am, MPs made their way to Wellington for an emergency caucus meeting, and Collins emerged victorious as the leader after the contested leadership race against Mark Mitchell. National MPs took two hours late last night to decide she should be their new leader, with Gerry Brownlee elected as her deputy. (NZH. See link in heading)

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