The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 18 June 2020
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. CREDIT: GETTY
New Zealand's Economy Drifts Towards Recession, As Two New COVID-19 Cases Fly In From The UK.
New Zealand's economy is drifting closer to recession, just as two new COVID-19 cases were announced in the country; after having had no new cases for an extended period.
New Zealand's government had implemented a strict lockdown of the country and its economy, with many businesses being forced to shut as a result.
With these two new cases (that saw two people arrive from the UK and drive from Auckland to Wellington) now in the country, would a subsequent new outbreak or cluster result in another lockdown?
Can New Zealand really afford it at this stage?
(See Point 7 Below)
The Daily Quick-Look for 18 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. Each headline contains the link to its source report.
BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front.
FYSA = For Your Situational Awareness
1. UNITED STATES, CHINA - Political: Trump signs bill pressuring China over Uighur Muslim crackdown
BLUF: President Donald Trump signed legislation on Wednesday calling for sanctions over the repression of China’s Uighur Muslims, as excerpts from a book by former U.S. national security adviser John Bolton alleged that Trump encouraged China’s president to continue with detention camps for the minority group. (Reuters. See link in heading) Why It Matters: China has been criticised for sending Muslim Uighurs to 'reeducation camps' and of human rights abuses of the Uighur people in general.
2. UNITED NATIONS - Political: Mexico, India, Ireland, Norway elected to U.N. Security Council, one seat still open
FYSA: Mexico, India, Ireland and Norway were elected to the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, but the 193 U.N. member states must return on Thursday to continue voting to fill one more vacant seat after there was no clear winner. (Reuters. See link in heading)
3. GERMANY - Security (Health): Coronavirus: Over 600 people test positive at German slaughterhouse
BLUF: A total of 657 people have tested positive for the coronavirus at a slaughterhouse in northwestern Germany, authorities announced on Wednesday, out of 983 completed tests. Local politician Sven-Georg Adenauer delivered the updated figures on Wednesday evening, cautioning that more tests were outstanding and further cases probable. (DW. See link in heading) Why It Matters: Subsequent outbreaks and clusters of COVID-19 will likely continue for the rest of 2020 and probably into 2021, as nations struggle to balance reducing and/or avoiding outbreaks with reviving economies.
4. TURKEY - Security (Health): Face masks mandatory in 3 more provinces
FYSA: Turkey has made it mandatory for people to wear face masks in public in three more provinces as part of measures to curb spread of the virus. In separate statements, the Istanbul, Ankara and Bursa Governorships made the announcements. With these new measures, wearing masks has become mandatory in 45 provinces. (Andalou Agency. See link in heading)
5. UAE - Security: UAE citizens can travel to ‘low-risk’ countries from Tuesday
FYSA: The United Arab Emirates said citizens and residents will be allowed to travel to countries deemed low-risk for catching the coronavirus from next Tuesday. Prospective travelers must test negative for COVID-19 and must quarantine on their return to the UAE for up to 14 days, Saif Al Dhaheri, spokesman for the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, told reporters. (Arab News. See link in heading)
6. CHINA - Security/Political: G7 foreign ministers urge China not impose security law on Hong Kong
BLUF: The G7 foreign ministers issued a joint statement on Wednesday calling on China not to follow through with plans to impose national security legislation on Hong Kong. “The proposed national security law would risk seriously undermining the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ principle and the territory’s high degree of autonomy,” the foreign ministers of United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the EU’s High Representative said in the statement. “We strongly urge the Government of China to re-consider this decision,” it said. (Reuters. See link in heading) Why It Matters: Japan had initially wanted to lead the G7 statement to Beijing. It is possible that this will dissuade Beijing from enacting the controversial laws somewhat, but if it does, it will unlikely dissuade Beijing for long.
7. NEW ZEALAND - Economic/Security (Health): New Zealand a step closer to recession as GDP suffers biggest fall in 29 years
BLUF: New Zealand's gross domestic product suffered its biggest fall since 1991 as the coronavirus pandemic began to bite in the first quarter. Gross domestic product fell 1.6 per cent from the fourth quarter, Statistics New Zealand said on Thursday in Wellington. Economists expected GDP would shrink 1 per cent. From a year earlier, the economy fell 0.2 per cent - the first annual contraction since 2009. (SMH. See link in heading) Why It Matters: New Zealand (NZ) had implemented a strict lockdown which had decimated small businesses and the economy in general, and has driven the country into substantial debt as it borrows to prop up a stalled economy. With two new COVID-19 cases that had flown into NZ from the UK recently, it is unknown whether the country could sustain another lockdown economically.
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