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The Deciport Quick-Look Weekly Recap: 26 July 2020

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20 July 2020: $200 Fine For Not Wearing A Mask In Melbourne

Security (Health) // BLUF: It will soon be compulsory to wear a mask when leaving the house in the Australian state of Victoria.

The new measure is enforceable by a $200 AUD fine.

Victoria is known for handing down heavy-handed fines to residents who break its rules around COVID-19 risk mitigation measures, upwards of near $1600 AUD in some cases.

Victoria has seen significant spikes in COVID-19 numbers recently, prompting a second lock down, the locking in of residents at several apartment blocks; and door-to-door testing.

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews had stated at a press conference that masks didn't need to be 'hospital grade' and could be a scarf or bit of cloth (see: https://bit.ly/2ZJeFG3).

The rule comes into effect at 11:59 pm on 22 July 2020.

21 July 2020: Canada Doubtful Of Iranian Report Of Downed Ukrainian Passenger Jet

Security (Travel) // BLUF: Investigators have begun analysing the flight recorders from Ukraine Airlines Flight PS752, shot down after take-off from Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport by a missile on 08 January 2020.

The interim Iranian report had put the incident down to human error at a time when tensions between the US and Iran were high. However, Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne has expressed doubt over Iran's account.

The incident resulted in all 176 people onboard killed, including 56 Canadians .

22 July 2020: US Indicts Chinese Hackers: Info of COVID Vaccines, Defence, Human Rights Activists

Security (Cyber) // BLUF: The United States has indicted two Chinese nationals connected to a long-running hacking operation, that the US claims was done for the benefit of the Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS).

Information targeted during the hacking operations included that of COVID-19 vaccine data, political dissidents, human rights advocates, more than a dozen US defence contractors, a Korean ship building company and an Australian defence contractor.

23 July 2020: US Orders Closure Of Chinese Consulate In Houston Amid Spying Claims

Security/Political // BLUF: The United States has given China 72 hours to close its consulate in Houston, Texas after accusations of spying.

The US Department of State said that the consulate was being closed “to protect American intellectual property and Americans’ private information.”

China claimed that its embassy in Washington DC had received bomb threats due to US-incited 'smears and hatred' towards China.

This marks the latest in the deteriorating relationship between the US and China.

24 July 2020: Chicago Mayor Calls For End To Horrific Violence As Federal Intervention Looms

Security/Political // BLUF: Democrat mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, has called for an end to horrific violence that has rocked an already violent city.

The most recent bout of violence saw 15 people shot and wounded, including a three-year-old girl, during a drive-by shooting at a funeral.

US President Donald Trump has ordered the deployment of hundreds of federal officers in a bid to curb the rising violence in the city.

25 July 2020: Melbourne Quarantine Security Alleged Issues

Security (Health) // BLUF: A man subcontracted to a Melbourne-based security company has come forward to The Age and Sydney Morning Herald alleging several claims around the hotel quarantine issues that have cast a negative shadow on the security industry in Victoria.

Allegations lack of hygiene provisions, information about the state of people being guarded, poor pay rates and being forced to sign confidentiality agreements were raised.

The mishandling of hotel quarantine security in Victoria was initially brought to public attention after it was revealed that security guards had engaged in sexual activity with individuals being held in quarantine.

Allegations of negligence are likely to continue in the coming weeks.

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