Key Storylines

  • AFRICA: Ethiopia recorded 72 additional COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 276,871.
  • AMERICAS: The interim Haitian government said it asked the U.S. to deploy troops to protect key infrastructure as it tries to stabilize the country and prepare the way for elections in the aftermath of President Jovenel Moïse’s assassination.
  • ASIA: The Japanese government issued evacuation requests to more than 120,000 citizens in some southern prefectures due to heavy rain.
  • EUROPE: US chipmaker Intel has said investment in a new European $20bn semiconductor factory could be spread across several EU member states, as it fights to win the bloc’s financial and political support for the project.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran’s railroad system came under cyberattack, with hackers posting fake notices about train delays or cancellations on display boards at stations across the nations.
  • TECH & COMMUNICATIONS: Joe Biden has increased pressure on Vladimir Putin to deal with ransomware groups operating from Russia, warning the United States is prepared to respond if cyber hacks continue.

Top Story

  • United States: Attempts to increase vaccination rates continue as the Delta Variant leads to an increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the nation.
    • The US has surpassed 20,000 new Covid-19 cases for the fourth day in a row as the highly contagious Delta variant continues its pace in being the most common form of COVID-19 in the country.
    • The White House condemns the criticism of red-state governors who are against their door-to-door vaccine push.
    • Pfizer and BioNTech are working on a booster shot that targets the Delta Variant.
    • There is no need for Covid booster doses right now, the dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, despite highly transmissible, new variants, tests the protections of the available vaccines.
    • Reporting: CNN, AP, NYT, CNBC,

Africa

  • Ethiopia: The nation recorded 72 additional COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide tally to 276,871. (Xinhua)
  • South Africa: Former President Jacob Zuma’s attempt to prevent his arrest was dismissed by the Pietermaritzburg High Court. (Xinhua)
  • South Africa: Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi said the approval of the CoronaVac vaccine would help South Africa’s vaccination rollout program. (Xinhua)

Americas

  • Chile: The son of a leader of the Mapuche people was shot dead by police in the turbulent Araucania province. (Reuters)
  • Haiti: The interim government said it asked the U.S. to deploy troops to protect key infrastructure as it tries to stabilize the country and prepare the way for elections in the aftermath of President Jovenel Moïse’s assassination. (AP)
  • Haiti: The Senate has elected its leader Joseph Lambert as the interim successor to assassinated president Jovenel Moïse. (DPA)
  • Mexico: The nation is entering its third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, as infections rose by 29% compared to the previous week. (AP)

Asia  

  • China: More than 1.36 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the nation. (Xinhua)
  • India: The nation recorded 42,766 additional COVID-19 cases and 1,206 dead due to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. (Reuters)
  • Japan: The government issued evacuation requests to more than 120,000 citizens in some southern prefectures due to heavy rain. (Reuters)
  • South Korea: The military will increase its attempts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in line with government plans to impose stricter controls on the greater Seoul area to fight a new wave of infections. (YNA)
  • Vietnam: The nation has received the first shipment of 2 million doses of the Moderna (MRNA.O) COVID-19 vaccine donated by the U.S. government. (Reuters)

Europe

  • Europe: US chipmaker Intel said investment in a new European $20bn semiconductor factory could be spread across several EU member states, as it fights to win the bloc’s financial and political support for the project. (FT)
  • Germany: Domestic company bosses and members of the European Parliament are demanding more assertive climate policy from the EU Commission, with an eye on Europe’s future energy supply. (DPA)
  • Malta: The Mediterranean Island nation is making proof of vaccination for visitors 13 and up mandatory, the first European Union nation to do so. (AP)
  • Ukraine: The United Nations said torture and ill-treatment of detainees in territory controlled by Russia-backed separatists in the east are happening every day. (RFE)
  • United Kingdom: Almost two in five Conservative voters would support paying more in personal taxes to pay for pandemic aid. (Telegraph)

Middle East

  • Iran: The nation’s railroad system came under a cyberattack, with hackers posting fake notices about train delays or cancellations on display boards at stations across the nation. (AP)
  • Iran: A loud blast hit northern Tehran near the headquarters of the state broadcasting company. (NYT)
  • United Arab Emirates: The nation will ban entry for travelers coming from Indonesia and Afghanistan as of July 11, except for connecting flights heading to both nations. (Reuters)  

Tech & Communications

  • Cybersecurity: President Joe Biden has increased pressure on Vladimir Putin to deal with ransomware groups operating from Russia, warning the United States is prepared to respond if cyber hacks continue. (The Guardian)

World

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease: Global (as of 10JUL21)

Tomorrow’s Outlook (11JUL21)

  • Global: G20 Venice Climate Summit.
  • Global: World Population Day.
  • Asia: 60th anniversary of China-North Korea friendship agreement.
  • Bulgaria: Parliamentary elections.
  • Moldova: Moldova parliamentary elections.
  • Slovenia: Referendum on amendments to the Waters Act.

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