Hard Numbers: China’s economy expands, US prisoners decline, Tunisian PM quits, Hindu pilgrims go to Kashmir

3.2: China's economy grew 3.2 percent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2020, the only major economy to expand since the COVID-19 pandemic. The rebound was better than expected, but investors are concerned that it was mainly a result of heavy public spending on infrastructure.

8: The number of inmates in US federal and state prisons declined by more than 100,000 between March and June, an 8 percent drop. Many of these prisoners are low-level offenders and inmates with compromised health systems who were released to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in US penitentiaries.

15 million: Elyes Fakhfakh, the prime minister of Tunisia, stepped down on Wednesday after an independent lawmaker revealed that Fakhfakh owned shares in companies that had won state contracts worth about $15 million. His resignation has sparked uncertainty over the future of the coalition government led by the moderate Islamists of the Ennahda (Renaissance) Party.

500: Indian-administered Kashmir will allow Hindus to visit a Himalayan cave shrine, despite health concerns over COVID-19. Hundreds of thousands of people from across India normally take part in the annual Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage, but this year the trek will be limited to only 500 per day.

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"Go ahead, take it," President Putin says to you.

"Take what?" you ask.

"This Covid vaccine," he continues, turning a small syringe over in his hands. "It's safe. Trust me. We… tested it on my daughter."

Would you do it? Russian President Vladimir Putin is betting that a lot of people will say yes. On Tuesday he announced that Russia has become the first country to register a COVID-19 vaccine, and that mass vaccinations will begin there in October.

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20.4: The UK economy is now officially in a recession for the first time in 11 years, after British economic growth plunged by 20.4 percent quarter-on-quarter from April to June 2020. The quarterly decline — attributed to the economic crisis fueled by the coronavirus pandemic ­— is double that of the US and second only to Spain's in Europe.

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Vietnam vs coronavirus (round 2): After going three months with no local transmissions of COVID-19, Vietnam is worried about a resurgence of the disease after a recent outbreak in the coastal city of Da Nang that has already spread to 11 other locations throughout the country. Authorities in Vietnam — widely considered a global success story in handling the pandemic thanks to its aggressive testing, contact-tracing and quarantines — believe the Da Nang outbreak is tied to an influx of domestic tourism there after lockdown restrictions were recently eased by the government. As a precaution, they have converted a 1,000-seat Da Nang sports stadium into a field hospital to treat the sick in case local hospitals become overwhelmed. More than 1,000 medical personnel, assisted by Cuban doctors, have been sent there to screen residents, and the capital Hanoi plans to test 72,000 people who recently returned from Da Nang. Will Vietnam prevail again in its second battle against COVID-19?

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"First off you have to say, it's not just one epidemic. There are many outbreaks. All epidemiology is local, just like politics," former CDC director Dr. Frieden told Ian Bremmer. He expressed concerns that, although COVID-19 is relatively under control in the Northeast, outbreaks continue to rage across the South and Southwest. The real failure, Frieden argues, is at the federal level where nearly six months into a pandemic Washington still lacks the data required to understand the virus' spread, let alone control it.