The Deciport Quick-Look Weekly Recap: 05 July 2020
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29 June 2020: 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.
30 June 2020: Potential New Pandemic Flu Virus Found In China
A new strain of flu with the potential to become a pandemic has been found by scientists in China.
The strain is carried by pigs but can infect humans, with concerns it could mutate and easily spread between humans.
Being a new virus, humans could have little to no immunity to it.
01 July 2020: The Death Of Hong Kong Democracy
Beijing has passed its new controversial national security laws, after months of significant anti-government protests, with the momentum of the protests stalled somewhat by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The move will see mainland China's harsh authoritarian rule arrive in Hong Kong, with the former British Territory's democracy all but dead.
In what started as anti-extradition protests that evolved into anti-government protests, hundreds of thousands of Hongkongers turned out to protest the ever-encroaching spectre of Beijing's one party communism destroying the 'one country, two system' agreement.
02 July 2020: Britain To Open The Doors To Hongkongers
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told the House of Commons that Britain would honour the promise to offer more than three million Hongkongers citizenship.
The statement came after Beijing's following through with national security laws that effectively brings Hong Kong's democracy to an end, along with the 'one country, two systems' agreement.
One-party communism comes to Hong Kong, after a year of massive protests by residents against Beijing's encroaching control over Hong Kong's way of life.
03 July 2020: Influential New Zealanders Urge Border Reopening
Former New Zealand (NZ) Prime Minister Helen Clark, former chief science advisor Sir Peter Gluckman and ex-Air New Zealand chief executive Rob Fyfe have stated in a joint conversation paper that NZ would suffer huge damage to its economy if its borders continued to remain closed.
The trio made several observations in their paper, including that more aggressive and efficient processes for testing and tracing were required to replace the current 'ineffective' processes to better deal with opening the borders and accepting larger numbers of travelers.
04 July 2020: NZ COVID-19 Personal Data Privacy Breach
The New Zealand Government is dealing with a massive breach of privacy regarding the leak of the personal details of 18 active COVID-19 cases.
State services minister Chris Hipkins, who has also taken over the Health portfolio from disgraced minister David Clark, has said that criminal charges were 'on the table', if the leak was found to be malicious.
Regardless of whether the leak was 'malicious' or not, the government seems to be in damage control, dealing with internal competence issues, after being widely lauded for its response to COVID-19 around the world.
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