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The Deciport Quick-Look Weekly Recap: 12 July 2020

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06 July 2020: Flooding Devastates Southwestern Prefecture Of Kumamoto, Japan

The southwestern prefecture of Kumamoto, Japan has been ravaged by flooding, which has seen at least 18 people presumed dead, along with at least 11 missing.

Rescuers have struggled to reach hard-hit areas along the Kuma River, which broke its banks at several points after heavy torrential rain on Saturday.

Roads have been cut off by mudslides and buildings have been swept away in the devastation. 10,000 Japan Self Defence Force personnel will reportedly be deployed.

07 July 2020: NSW Shuts Interstate Border With Victoria

The Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) has shut its interstate border with Victoria, after the growing number of cases of COVID-19 in Melbourne.

Several apartment blocks in Melbourne have recently been locked down by the government with police and emergency services deployed to keep residents from leaving.

The border closure saw Melbourne residents barred from crossing into NSW on Monday, with the closure extending to all Victorian residents on Wednesday.

08 July 2020: NZ National Party MP Scores Own Goal

Hamish Walker of New Zealand's National Party has scored an own goal in an attempt to justify concerns around people entering New Zealand (NZ) from countries with an increased coronavirus threat, through the leaking of personal information, including the country of origin, of new COVID-19 cases.

Walker leaked the information to several media outlets to prove new cases of COVID-19 had actually come from other countries. The leaked information was reportedly unprotected (no password protection etc) by the government and was easily accessible.

Walker had made a statement that was labelled as 'racist', regarding an influx of 11,000 people arriving India, Pakistan and South Korea possibly being sent for quarantine in Dunedin, Queenstown and Invercargill without the community being consulted.

09 July 2020: Hong Kong Police To Keep Chokehold Restraining Despite Global Controversy

The Hong Kong Police Force will not be stopping officers from using chokeholds while restraining people, despite the tactic being brought into the public eye after the death of a man in the US that sparked race riots.

Most recently, Hong Kong Police had used the tactic while restraining a man in May, kneeling on his neck reportedly for between seven and nine minutes; and resulting in his death.

The protests in Hong Kong had seen numerous claims of police brutality against demonstrators. With the introduction of Beijing's national security laws, cases of police brutality could possibly increase, while reporting of them decreases dramatically.

10 July 2020: Australia Considering Slowing Return Of Own Citizens Over COVID-19

Australia's cabinet is meeting to consider whether to restrict the number of Australian citizens returning to the country due to COVID-19.

This follows the apparent resurgence of cases in the Victorian city of Melbourne that has resulted in a second 'hard lockdown' for six weeks.

Several high-density residential housing blocks were cordoned off by police, where at least 158 people of 3000 were found to be infected with the virus.

11 July 2020: Australia Approves Remdesivir COVID-19 Treatment As Country's First

Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has approved remdesivir for the provisional treatment of adult patients with COVID-19.

This follows the recent spike in cases, particularly in the city of Melbourne, that resulted in the shutting of the state of Victoria's borders with other states, a second lockdown and the locking in of thousands high-density apartment block residents.

Remdesivir has also been approved in Japan, Singapore and the European Union.

Treated patients were reported to have a 74.4% recovery rate by day 14, over the 59% recovery rate by patients receiving standard care.

Date: 15 July 2020

Time: Morning session starts 9:30 am, Afternoon session starts 1:00 pm

Location: Central Christchurch, New Zealand

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