August 5, Thursday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Keiko Kitagawa

1. A Belarusian sprinter who refused orders to fly home from the Tokyo Olympics has arrived in Warsaw, Poland. Krystsina Tsimanouskaya refused to fly home because she feared for her safety. She sought asylum and was granted a humanitarian visa by the Polish government. 2. The number of confirmed coronavirus infections has topped 200 million worldwide. Data compiled by Johns Hopkins University shows the global tally reached 200, 031, 896 as of 21:00 UTC Wednesday. 3.The Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported a record 5,042 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday. The daily tally in the capital has topped 5,000 for the first time, and hit a new high for a second day in a row. The number on Wednesday was 4,166.