The latest: New Orleans asks for, but does not require the use of a mask

The latest: New Orleans asks for, but does not require the use of a mask

The announcement came as New Orleans posted figures showing the seven-day average of new cases has risen 117, the highest since early February. It had fallen as low as eight in mid-June but began climbing sharply in early July. ___

The city is hoping to avoid the kind of pandemic-related shutdowns that devastated its vital tourism economy in 2020, but Mayor LaToya Cantrell stopped short Wednesday of requiring mask wearing. The mayor says the advisory “puts the responsibility on individuals themselves,” rather than have the city enforce a mandate. MORE ON THE PANDEMIC:

— Russia says 23% of population has received at least 1 virus shot — South African firm to produce Pfizer vaccine, a first for Africa

— Tokyo virus cases hit 6-month high, 2 days before Games open — WHO says 3.4M global virus cases last week, up 12%; says virus risk inevitable at Tokyo Olympics ___

Find more AP coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine ___ HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:

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