The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 16 October 2020
Passengers will arrive into Sydney Airport at midday. Picture: David Gray/AFP Source:AFP
NZers arrive in Australia, Australians not allowed to travel to NZ yet.
Security (Travel) // BLUF: Hundreds of New Zealand travelers have arrived in Australia as part of a international travel 'bubble' arrangement.
The deal allows for New Zealanders to travel quarantine free into New South Wales and the Northern Territory.
At this stage, the arrangement is only for New Zealanders to travel to Australia, with Australians being able to travel to New Zealand at a later, still undetermined date.
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The Daily Quick-Look for 16 October 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. ARMENIA, AZERBAIJAN - Security: Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire hopes sink as warring sides bicker and fight
FYSA: Hopes of a humanitarian ceasefire ending fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh sank on Thursday as the death toll mounted and Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of launching new attacks. Azerbaijan’s president said his country’s armed forces would take control of all regions surrounding the breakaway mountain territory if Armenia continued to “act negatively”. Armenia accused Azerbaijan’s ally, Turkey, of not allowing aircraft carrying emergency aid to enter its airspace despite fears of a humanitarian disaster. The ceasefire brokered by Russia last Saturday was intended to let the sides swap detainees and bodies of those killed. But it has had little impact on the fighting in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, which is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but is populated and governed by ethnic Armenians. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)
2. AUSTRALIA. NEW ZEALAND - Security (Travel): Australia, NZ travel bubble: First passengers arrive in Sydney
FYSA: Hundreds of New Zealanders have landed in Sydney, marking the first of the trans-Tasman flights to jet in from New Zealand. Passengers on board the Air Zealand flight touched down at midday, and will not have to enter hotel quarantine upon arrival. A Jetstar flight and a Qantas flight will arrive later today. The arrivals mark a welcome development in international travel arrivals, with Australia’s border being closed to international arrivals since March. Under the deal between the two nations, New Zealanders will be allowed to travel quarantine-free into NSW and the Northern Territory if they have not been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the previous 14 days. Upon arrival in Australia, passengers will be separated into green and red zones at the airport, demarcating quarantine-free flights and travellers subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Currently, it is a one-way bubble. Australians will be able to travel across the ditch at a later, still undetermined date .(News.com.au. See link in heading for further reading)
3. NEW ZEALAND - Political: New Zealand's Ardern and Collins make final pleas to voters before election
FYSA: New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern on Friday urged voters to deliver her a strong mandate at this weekend’s general election, promising to provide a swifter recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Ardern, 40, has campaigned on her record of eliminating COVID-19 in New Zealand but recent polls, including the last before Saturday’s vote, have suggested her Labour Party may need support from the minor Greens Party to form government. “If you want pace and speed, give us a strong mandate,” Ardern said in an interview on Radio New Zealand. New Zealand’s mixed member proportional (MMP) voting system often results in a close race and coalition governments. Opinion polls have indicated the centre-left Labour Party has a comfortable two-digit lead over the main opposition centre-right National Party. If Labour wins outright, it will be the first party to govern alone since New Zealand switched to the MMP system in 1996. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)
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