1. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government says it confirmed 1,591 new cases of the coronavirus in the Japanese capital on Wednesday. The figure is the highest daily count to date. The latest figure marks an increase of more than 250 from the previous single-day record of 1,337 reported on December 31.                                             2. U.S. media reports say the Democratic Party has won at least one Senate seat in two closely contested runoff elections in the state of Georgia. Voting took place for two of the 100 Senate seats on Tuesday.  The Republican Party had 50 seats after the November elections, and the Democrats had 48.                               3. Japan’s government will make a final decision on Thursday on a plan to declare a state of emergency for Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures to curb the coronavirus.  Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide has urged relevant ministers to quickly finalize details of measures that would be taken under such a declaration.
January 6, Wednesday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Yamamoto Miki