Hard Numbers: "Rampant" human rights abuses in Idlib, UK unemployment bailout, Ethiopian clashes continue, Arizona tops global COVID list

52: Pro-government forces in Syria committed gross human rights violations against civilians during the recent military campaign to take back war-torn Idlib province, according to the United Nations Human Rights Council. The new UN report cites 52 separate attacks that led to vast destruction of infrastructure and civilian deaths.

30 billion: The British government has pledged 30 billion pounds ($37.7 billion) to address the country's pandemic-induced unemployment crisis. The scheme, similar to models adopted by many continental European countries in recent months, offers cash bonuses to employers who bring back furloughed workers.

239: At least 239 people have been killed in protests in Ethiopia following the murder last week of a popular singer named Hachalu Hundessa, who had called for the empowerment of the Oromo, the country's largest ethnic group.

1: If the US state of Arizona were a country, it would be number one in the world for racking up new daily COVID-19 cases, after recording an average of 3,300 new cases per million people over the past week. Arizona is followed by Florida, South Carolina, and Bahrain.

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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.