The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 19 June 2020
Director-General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, has said masks will be compulsory for every passenger on board flights from Australia. Photo:AFP or licensors
Masks Compulsory On Flights From Australia To New Zealand, Damage Control From NZ Government Border Bungle.
New Zealand's Ministry of Health has said it is likely that masks will be compulsory on flights from Australia to New Zealand.
This comes in the wake of the New Zealand Government's bungle at its own border that has seen new COVID-19 cases into the country through admitted negligence.
All this after one of the worlds most severe lockdowns, likely to result in a economic recession in the country.
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The Daily Quick-Look for 19 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, MEXICO - Political/Economic: U.S. slaps sanctions on Mexican firms, individuals linked to Venezuelan oil trade
BLUF: The United States on Thursday blacklisted Mexico’s Libre Abordo and a related company, accusing them of helping Caracas evade U.S. sanctions in the first formal action by the U.S. Treasury Department against Mexican firms involved in trading Venezuelan oil. (Reuters. See link in heading) Why It Matters: Venezuela has searched for friends among the heavy sanctions of the US, with Iran and China fostering relations through the provision of oil and medical aid. Mexico stated that it would send oil products to Venezuela under 'humanitarian' purposes, in a move that was sure to draw a condemning eye from the US.
2. INDIA, CHINA - Political/Security: Satellite images suggest Chinese activity at Himalayan border with India before clash
BLUF: In the days leading up to the most violent border clash between India and China in decades, China brought in pieces of machinery, cut a trail into a Himalayan mountainside and may have even dammed a river, satellite pictures suggest. (Reuters. See link in heading) Why It Matters: Tensions between China and India have heated up over the last month, with several small confrontations occurring, including 'brawls'. China has been brazen in its activity within contested areas since the coronavirus outbreak, including the South China Seas, along with expanding its power and scope in Hong Kong; and pressuring Taiwan in the diplomatic arena.
3. CHINA - Security (Health): China finds heavy coronavirus traces in seafood, meat sections of Beijing food market
FYSA: China has found the trading sections for meat and seafood in Beijing’s wholesale food market to be severely contaminated with the new coronavirus and suspects the area’s low temperature and high humidity may have been contributing factors, officials said on Thursday. (Reuters. See link in heading).
4. NEW ZEALAND - Security (Health): Winston Peters pushes for trans-Tasman travel as military 'run' operations
FYSA: The future of a trans-Tasman bubble is under threat because Australia and New Zealand have different views on border restrictions. Australian Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham said his country's border would most likely be locked down until 2021. The decision to shut the border was one of the main reasons for Australia's success in suppressing Covid-19 and it would not be lifted for general travel any time soon, ABC reports. But yesterday Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said the trans-Tasman bubble had not been jeopardised after a border botch-up resulted in New Zealand having two active cases of Covid-19. The man now in charge of the isolation and quarantine system, Air Commodore Darryn 'Digby' Webb, declined to be interviewed. Defence Minister Ron Mark said Webb was working on repatriation of foreigners here and New Zealanders abroad. He was never involved in testing or decisions around compassionate exemptions.(RNZ. See link in heading)
5. NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIA - Security: Ministry of Health confirms masks to be compulsory on trans-Tasman flights
FYSA: Today, the (New Zealand) Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed it was likely to require masks to be worn on all flights from Australia. In a statement, the MOH said "medical grade masks should be offered to passengers on international flights and they should be strongly encouraged to use these masks as a precautionary measure while on board". And Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said masks will be compulsory for every passenger on board flights from Australia, for the duration of the flight. (RNZ. See link in heading)
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