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The Deciport Quick-Look Weekly Recap: 14 June 2020

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13 June 2020: The 'Second Wave' Gathers Its Strength.

The much-touted 'second wave' coronavirus outbreak appears to be gathering strength.


With recent protests around the world, where social distancing and hygiene measures to protect against coronavirus were all but thrown aside, along with countries that find it difficult to implement these kinds of measures in the first place; another outbreak is a strong likelihood.


But will it happen?


The discipline and sacrifice shown by countries that locked-down, could all be for nothing. While other countries still struggle with their first wave.


12 June 2020: Protesters Take Control Of Part Of Seattle, Seattle Mayor Uses It As Opportunity To Oppose Trump.

Protesters have taken over approximately six blocks of the Captiol Hill District in Seattle, Washington, renaming it the 'Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone' or 'CHAZ'.


Reports of armed protesters at checkpoints in CHAZ, as well as protesters confronting business owners within the zone demanding protection money have surfaced.


The action drew the outrage of US President Trump, taking to Twitter to denounce the handling of the situation by Seattle's and Washington State's Democrat leaders. This in turn was rebuffed by Seattle's mayor.


With a police precinct within CHAZ abandoned, this situation presents an unusual but exceptionally dangerous situation for all parties involved or likely to be involved. However, with the current racially-charged political climate, a death on the protester-side by any force that attempts to remove the protesters will likely see a martyr fan the flames of violent disorder that has engulfed Democrat-run cities.


What could be next for the US?


11 June 2020: No Quick-Look For This Day Due To Operational Requirements


10 June 2020: Amidst the George Floyd Protests, Hong Kong's Protests For Freedom Continue.

Hong Kong's protests continue, with 50 arrests made and police firing pepper rounds into the crowds.


Japan has stated it will lead a joint statement on Beijing's handling of Hong Kong under the Group of Seven (G7) Banner.


Will Beijing flinch in the face of numerous influential nations condemning them? Or will they carry on, and condemn Japan in the process?


09 June 2020: Joe Biden Is Officially The US Democratic Presidential Nominee.

Former US Vice President has clinched enough delegates to officially become the Democratic Party Presidential nominee.


Biden was considered to be the nominee all but officially, after his main rival, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders withdrew from the race in April.


Biden has promised to chose a woman as his running mate, with several black candidates likely in the running. However, speculation around Hillary Clinton being Biden's running mate had surfaced should he win the nomination, and will likely surface again.


08 June 2020: Thousands Protest In The UK While The Coronavirus Death Toll Continues To Climb.

Tens of thousands of people have attended protests in the UK, sparked worldwide by the death of George Floyd in the US. While these protests are ongoing, the UK continues to count deaths from COVID-19.


While the UK had employed strict measures in social distancing during its lockdown and suffered one of the highest death tolls in the world, the protests see the country run the risk of the much talked about 'second wave outbreak'.


The second wave outbreak scenario was widely discussed globally in the media and publicly by government, as a means for justifying strict lockdowns, and this scenario did occur in Japan and South Korea.


Countries experiencing mass protest activity should at this stage be preparing for a second wave outbreak, if their own rhetoric around safety measures are to be followed by themselves. This could possibly see a stutter in the reopening of borders globally.



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