Sumary of The Latest: Tokyo hits 6-month high in cases before Olympics:
- TOKYO — Tokyo has hit another six-month high in new coronavirus cases, one day before the Olympics.
- 15. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and the International Olympic Committee have been determined to hold the Olympics despite the pandemic.
- Spectators are banned from all Olympic venues in the Tokyo area, with limited audiences allowed at a few outlying sites.
- The emergency measures, which largely involve a ban on alcohol sales and shorter hours for restaurants and bars, are to last until Aug.
- 8. About 23% of Japanese are fully vaccinated, considerably short of the level believed necessary to have a meaningful effect on reducing the risk in the general population.
- ___MORE ON THE PANDEMIC:— Tokyo’s new virus cases near 2,000, day before Olympics open— China rebuffs WHO’s terms for further COVID-19 origins study— Germany’s Merkel cites rising virus cases, urges vaccination— Guinea pulls out of Tokyo Olympics, citing coronavirus___Find more AP coverage at https://apnews.
- com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine___HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:CONAKRY, Guinea — The African country of Guinea has pulled out of the Olympics, citing the coronavirus.
- Minister of Sports Sanoussy Bantama Sow made the announcement in a letter Wednesday addressed to the president of the Guinean Olympic committee.