Review of international news
Global COVID-19 situation is getting worse
More than 338,000 new COVID-19 cases were recorded globally in the last 24 hours. According to the World Health Organization, this is the record one-day rise in global coronavirus cases. The United States, India and Brazil remain the worst-hit countries in the current pandemic. However, Europe is currently seeing resurgence in COVID-19 cases. For example, in and around Paris, the number of positive cases of infection has increased, and COVID-19 patients are taking up more than 40 percent of intensive care beds.
Surge in new COVID-19 cases in Eastern Europe
Meanwhile, a number of Eastern European countries are seeing a spike in new COVID-19 cases. Croatia reported a new single-day record of 542 COVID-19 cases. Local authorities in the Czech Republic imposed new restrictions due to the worsening epidemiological situation. Cinemas and fitness centers will close for 14 days starting next week. Students of universities and high schools will be switched to distance learning.
Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh Region
Fierce hostilities continue in Nagorno-Karabakh region. According to the Ministry of the Defense of Azerbaijan, more than 10 tanks, six howitzers and dozens of enemy vehicles were destroyed over the past day. Meantime, according to Armenia’s Defense Ministry, their troops destroyed seven Azerbaijani drones. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is becoming increasingly concerning to the world leaders. Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the parties to stop clashes in the region and to exchange prisoners. He invited the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan to Moscow for negotiations.
Protests against new labor law in Indonesia
A strike in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, ended in clashes. Police officers fired tear gas and water cannons at protesters. According to media reports, police detained nearly 400 demonstrators. Several thousand students and workers in Indonesia are opposed to a new labor law that will reduce severance pay and lead to wider application of hourly wages, converting monthly salaries to hourly wages.