- Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen has commended the democratic achievements of former President Lee Teng-hui, who died on Thursday. Tsai said in a statement that she believes former President Lee’s contribution to Taiwan’s democratization is irreplaceable and his passing is a great loss.
- Local media in Hong Kong are reporting the government is going to postpone Legislative Council elections scheduled to take place on September 6. This comes on the heels of the government banning 12 pro-democracy candidates from running in the upcoming vote.
- The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is reporting another record for newly confirmed infections for a second day in a row. The trend is compelling local officials to urge residents to do what they can to contain the spread of the virus. Governor Koike Yuriko says 463 cases were confirmed in the capital on Friday.
July 31, Friday, 2020 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline