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The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 29 June 2020

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FILE PHOTO: A burning pyre of a man who died due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is seen as another one is carried for cremation at a crematorium in New Delhi, India, June 3, 2020. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Half A Million Deaths Attributed To Coronavirus

The number of deaths attributed to coronavirus has reached half a million, according to Reuters.

With 500,000 deaths and more than 10 million reported cases, countries around the world are struggling to avoid a second-wave outbreak, while some countries are still struggling with their initial outbreaks.

The disease, also known as COVID-19, originated in the city of Wuhan, China. Calls for an investigation into the origins and spread of the disease by Australia led to an aggressive political and economic war of words against Australia by Beijing.

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The Daily Quick-Look for 29 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. GLOBAL - Security (Health): Global coronavirus deaths top half a million

FYSA: The death toll from COVID-19 reached half a million people on Sunday, according to a Reuters tally, a grim milestone for the global pandemic that seems to be resurgent in some countries even as other regions are still grappling with the first wave. (Reuters. See link in heading)

2. IRELAND- Security (Health): Ireland to keep its 14-day quarantine on British travellers: Sunday Times

FYSA: Ireland will maintain a 14-day quarantine for travellers from the British mainland in July even as it plans to ease travel restrictions with some countries, the Sunday Times newspaper reported, citing a memo. The memo with the Irish cabinet committee said it was "highly unlikely" that Britain would be included in Ireland's safe travel list, the report added bit.ly/2VqTm9E. Ireland plans to lift from July 9 a 14-day quarantine for people arriving from countries that have also suppressed the coronavirus, the Irish government said on Thursday. (Reuters. See link in heading)

3. UAE - Security (Health): UAE temporarily suspends all flights from Pakistan

FYSA: The UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has announced the suspension of all inbound flights from Pakistan, including transit ones. The suspension will be in place till the country establishes a process of laboratory testing for Covid-19 for all departing travellers enroute to the UAE. "This is a precautionary measure to ensure the health and safety of all arrivals as of Monday, June 29, 2020," the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority said late on Sunday. The GCAA called on all travellers affected by the decision to communicate with their airline to reschedule their flights. (Khaleej Times. See link in heading)

4. HONG KONG - Security/Political: Dozens arrested as Hong Kongers protest planned national security laws

FYSA: Hong Kong police arrested at least 53 people on Sunday after scuffles erupted during a relatively peaceful protest against planned national security legislation to be implemented by the mainland Chinese government. (Reuters. See link in heading)

5. AUSTRALIA - Security (Health): Victoria orders mandatory Covid-19 testing for returnees

FYSA: Victoria's fight against Covid-19 has intensified with the decision to implement mandatory testing for returned travellers before they are allowed out of quarantine in hotels. The government says people in quarantine will be tested twice - firstly on day three and then again on day 11 of the 14-day quarantine period. "Those who refuse to comply with testing will be required to remain in quarantine for a further 10 days to ensure they pose no risk of introducing coronavirus to the Victorian community," Premier Daniel Andrews announced on Sunday. (AAP/One News. See link in heading)

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