Tourism, diplomacy facing pushback as virus caseloads surge
MITO, Japan (AP) — Countries are considering putting away their welcome mats to tourists and regional meetings are being put on hold as the pandemic strengthens its grip in many of the worst-affected countries. Workers in Australia’s hardest-hit city were told to stay home if they were sick, or risk a six-week lockdown being extended. An Asian regional security meeting that draws many diplomats was being delayed. Host country Vietnam hopes to hold face-to-face meetings in mid-September. The number of worst-affected countries where new cases are rising still outnumbers countries finally seeing a downward trend in infections, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
White House, Senate GOP try again on $1 trillion virus aid
WASHINGTON (AP) — Suggesting a narrower pandemic relief package may be all that’s possible, the White House is still pushing ahead with…