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Victoria Fights For Powers To Detain 'High Risk' Covid Spreaders

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 15 September 2020

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Freedom Day protesters arrested. Picture: Jake NowakowskiSource:News Corp Australia

'Conspiracy Theorists' and Anti-Lockdown protesters included.

Political, Security (Health) // BLUF: The government of the Australian state of Victoria is hoping to push through a new bill allowing them to detain 'high-risk coronavirus spreaders'.

Reportedly included in this bill are powers to detain people whom the government labels 'conspiracy theorists', along with anti-lockdown protesters.

Police have recently raided the homes of people who had posted on Facebook their intent to attend anti-lockdown protests, arresting those people and seizing computers and phones.

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The Daily Quick-Look for 15 September 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. BRAZIL - Security (Health): AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trials resume in Brazil

FYSA: Clinical trials for the coronavirus vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca PLC and Oxford University resumed in Brazil on Monday after the country’s health regulator got confirmation over the weekend that its British equivalent MHRA had approved the restart, a company representative said. The Federal University of Sao Paulo, which is running the trials, said in a statement that 4,600 of the planned 5,000 volunteers have been vaccinated in Brazil without any of them reporting any serious health issues. The volunteers have been recruited in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador in the northeastern state of Bahia where a hospital is conducting the tests. AstraZeneca paused global trials temporarily last week after an unexplained illness in a participant in Britain. Brazil has the third worst coronavirus outbreak after the United States and India and has become a sought-out testing ground for COVID-19 vaccines under development in Britain, China and Russia. Phase III clinical trials of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 will be conducted in the Brazilian states of Bahia and Parana, which has plans to produce the vaccine for Brazil and other Latin American countries.(Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

2. RUSSIA, BELARUS - Security, Political: Putin throws $1.5 billion lifeline to Belarus leader

FYSA: Russian President Vladimir Putin bestowed a $1.5 billion loan on Belarus on Monday in a gesture of support for its leader Alexander Lukashenko, who flew to entreat his patron for help after five weeks of mass protests demanding his resignation. A day after more than 100,000 protesters took to the streets of Minsk with chants of “You’re a rat”, Lukashenko met Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in urgent need of help to maintain his 26-year grip on power. “First of all, I want to thank you... personally thank you and all Russians, all those, and I will not list them, who were involved in supporting us during this post-election time,” Lukashenko said. The Kremlin said some of the new money would be used to refinance earlier loans. Putin backed plans Lukashenko has previously announced for constitutional reform, which the opposition has dismissed as a stunt to retain power after a disputed Aug. 9 presidential election. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

3. AUSTRALIA - Security (Health), Political: Victoria fights for power to detain ‘high-risk’ COVID-19 spreaders

FYSA: The Victorian Government is hoping to push through a new bill that would allow them to detain “high-risk” coronavirus spreaders. The powers would be applied to those who health authorities believe would negligently spread the deadly virus as Victoria works to bring its coronavirus outbreak under control. The rules, seen by The Age, would be a six-month extension of the ones made in April, taking the detaining powers to March next year. Anyone deemed high risk by health authorities could be forcibly detained under the extension of powers including conspiracy theorists or anti-lockdown protesters who refuse to isolate. Almost 200 people were fined and 74 were arrested in Melbourne on Sunday during dramatic rallies as anti-lockdown protesters ramped up their campaign. Victoria Police said 176 fines were issued for breaches of the chief health officer directions. It said the biggest protest occurred at the Queen Victoria Market where some 200-250 people gathered. (News.com.au. See link in heading for further reading)

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