1. Figures by Johns Hopkins University show that the number of new coronavirus infection cases in the first five days of December is about 1.04 million in the U.S. The country has been averaging more than 2,000 deaths each day.
  2. Japan’s space agency says it plans to transport a capsule released by its asteroid probe Hayabusa 2 from Australia to Japan by plane as early as Monday night. The capsule is believed to contain sand samples from the Ryugu asteroid.
  3. British officials and health care workers are rushing to prepare for Tuesday’s launch of the country’s coronavirus vaccination program. The vaccine needs to be stored at around minus 70 degrees Celsius. Fifty hospitals in England with appropriate facilities have been earmarked as the first hubs for the vaccinations.


December 7, Monday, 2020 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Yamamoto Miki