Total COVID-19 cases rise to 71 at Tokyo Olympics

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The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee announced on Monday that "an alternate on the women's artistic gymnastics team tested positive for COVID-19," but would not name Eaker, 18, "out of respect for the individual's privacy."

The gymnast's coach Al Fong later confirmed the positive test to the Associated Press, saying that she tested positive while at a training camp in Japan. The coach added that the athlete had been fully vaccinated.

"There was hope up to this point, even as an alternate," Eaker's father Mark told KSHB of his daughter's chance at competition. "Now that the results have come back, that hope is gone."

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Mark expressed that he's "most disappointed" for the gymnast because of how long she's had her eyes set on competing in the Games.

"I feel bad for her, because like I said, she's trained most of her life for this," he told the outlet.

Eaker's mother Katherine added that she's "incredibly thankful that we got her vaccinated" because she's asymptomatic.

"Everyone is telling us — all the medical people are telling us — that's to her benefit," she said of the vaccine. "If there's something I could tell everybody: Take this seriously."

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The 18-year-old is one of four alternates on Team USA's women's gymnastics team. Fellow alternate Leanne Wong, 17, was also placed in quarantine due to possible exposure, per KSHB, although she tested negative.

Eaker is one of 58 reported cases of COVID-19 connected to the pandemic postponed event, CNN reported.

Of those 58, three athletes who are in the Olympic village have tested positive, according to the Associated Press. Those Olympic hopefuls include Czech Republic beach volleyball player Ondřej Perušič and two South African men's soccer players.

With 11,000 athletes and thousands of support staff expected to stay in the Olympic Village, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has said that there is "zero" risk of athletes infecting Japanese residents with COVID-19. Spectators have recently been banned from attending the Summer Olympics as Tokyo declared a state of emergency.

Additionally, all Olympians are required to wear face masks inside the athletes' village even if they're vaccinated.

Nearly 10,000 of the 80,000 unpaid Olympic volunteers previously pulled out of the event, many citing COVID-19 concerns. Meanwhile, a recent study found almost 60 percent of people in Japan want the Summer Olympics to be cancelled for the same reasoning.

Kara Eaker, 18, tested positive while in Japan, her coach said. Another alternate is in isolation as a close contact.

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An alternate for the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team has tested positive for COVID-19 after traveling with the team to Tokyo, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee said on Monday (via the Washington Post). Kara Eaker, an 18-year-old athlete from Grain Valley, Mo., was identified by her coach Al Fong to a TV station in Iowa that Eaker was the athlete who had tested positive. Eaker previously said last month that she had been vaccinated. The gymnast, who was not named by Japanese officials or by

Adam Joseph, a meteorologist for ABC station WPVI, said his 6-year-old son Jacob and 5-year-old daughter Hannah tested positive for COVID-19 after having contact with a relative who was not vaccinated against the virus. Joseph said the relative tested negative for COVID-19 prior to the visit with his family, but later tested positive for the virus. In addition to his children, their nanny also contracted COVID-19, according to Joseph.

Indiana University students must comply with the school's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for the fall semester after a federal judge refused on Monday to block the school's inoculation requirement, one of the first rulings of its kind during the pandemic. U.S. District Court Judge Damon Leichty in South Bend, Indiana, rejected the argument by eight students that the school violated their bodily autonomy and constitutional right to due process. "The students have options -- taking the vaccine, applying for a religious exemption, applying for a medical exemption, applying for a medical deferral, taking a semester off, or attending another university."

Becca Meyers, a medal contender, was told she'd have to navigate Tokyo without the aid of her personal care assistant because of COVID-19 restrictions.

A spike in patient admissions for COVID-19 has put Florida hospitals on high alert, with Miami-Dade’s Jackson Health System announcing that it would suspend visitations at many of its facilities beginning Wednesday.

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A growing number of Olympics athletes are testing positive for COVID-19. And wildfires are ripping through the hot, dry West. It's Monday's news.

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The number of Olympic athletes to test positive for the coronavirus is growing. More than 1 million acres are burning as wildfires rip through the West. And the first felony sentence was handed down in the Capitol riot.

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Just four days before opening ceremonies, another U.S athlete will miss out on the Tokyo Olympics. Katie Lou Samuelson, who was instrumental in the U.S. qualifying for the first-ever Olympic 3x3 women's basketball competition, was in COVID-19 health and safety protocols Saturday and will not compete in Tokyo. Samuelson is one of an increasing number of athletes and others in Tokyo who have been placed in COVID-19 protocols. On Sunday, U.S. tennis player Coco Gauff said she tested positive for the coronavirus and would withdraw from the Games, and an alternate on the U.S. women's gymnastics team in Tokyo tested positive for the virus. Fifty-five people connected with Tokyo 2020 had tested positive as of Sunday, according to organizers.

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Powerful storms forecast for parts of the drought-stricken West this week could actually do more harm than good as "fire clouds" and dry lightning sweep across a region already dotted with wildfires fueled by parched vegetation, heat and winds. The storms brought flash flooding to Phoenix and other areas of the Southwest, but less rain is forecast farther north. In California, the Dixie Fire had burned through 30 square miles and was threatening more than 800 homes and other structures. The remoteness of the fire, along with the steep terrain, was adding to the challenges  faced by hundreds of firefighters. More than 80 wildfires were burning through 1,157,976 acres in 13 states on Monday, battled by almost 20,000 firefighters. Experts warned that unstable weather conditions could add to the misery in the coming days.

A Florida man became the first felon sentenced Monday for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. He got eight months in prison and was ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution for a portion of the damage to the building. Hodgkins, 38, of Tampa pleaded guilty to obstruction of an official proceeding for interrupting Congress' counting of Electoral College votes. He spent 15 minutes in the Senate chamber, holding a flag supporting former President Donald Trump and taking pictures. District Judge Randolph Moss called literally waving the flag for Trump an unmistakable sign of loyalty to a single person rather than the country and democracy.

In an ominous run not seen since the spring 2020 surge, new coronavirus cases rose in all 50 states for the fourth day in a row on a rolling seven-day average. In some states the increases were startling. New cases in Rhode Island almost tripled week over week, and Maine and Vermont's increases were almost as large. In Massachusetts, Alaska and Kentucky, new case counts more than doubled in one week, and Minnesota, Florida and Texas were right behind. The pace of deaths also is up sharply – 24.7% from its low point two weeks ago.

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Renewing the process adopted under former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the Biden administration for the first time released a prisoner from Guantanamo Bay, the Pentagon announced Monday. Abdul Latif Nasir was transferred from the military prison in Cuba, which was opened after the 9/11 terror attacks, to the Kingdom of Morocco. In 2016, the board overseeing releases from Guantanamo Bay found in it was no longer necessary to detain Nasir for U.S. national security interests, but the steps for Nasir's release could not be completed by the end of the Obama administration, and transfers stalled during the Trump administration. At its peak, the prison population at Guantanamo Bay reached about 700; with Nasir's release, 39 detainees remain.

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Olympics: Tokyo 2020 chief doesn't rule out canceling Games

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Asked at a news conference if the global sporting showpiece might still be canceled, Toshiro Muto said he would keep an eye on infection numbers and liaise with other organizers if necessary.

"We will continue discussions if there is a spike in cases," said Muto.

"We have agreed that based on the coronavirus situation, we will convene five-party talks again. At this point, the coronavirus cases may rise or fall, so we will think about what we should do when the situation arises."

A spokesman for Tokyo 2020 later said organizers were "concentrating 100% on delivering successful Games."

Rising COVID-19 cases in Tokyo have cast a large shadow over an event that, having already been postponed last year because of the pandemic, will now take place without spectators. Japan this month decided that participants would compete in empty venues to minimize health risks.

There have been 67 cases of COVID-19 infections in Japan among those accredited for the Games since July 1, when many athletes and officials started arriving, organizers said on Tuesday.

Japan, whose vaccination program has lagged that of most other developed nations, has recorded more than 840,000 cases and 15,055 deaths and Games host city Tokyo is experiencing a fresh surge, with 1,387 cases recorded on Tuesday.

Muto, a former top financial bureaucrat with close ties to Japan's ruling party, is known for his careful choice of words, while officials are facing a domestic public angry about coronavirus restrictions and concerned over a possible spike in cases triggered by Games attendees arriving from abroad.

Organizers, for whom International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said canceling the event had never been an option, have promised to keep the Games "safe and secure."

But experts see gaps in an Olympic "bubble" that mandates frequent testing and has been designed to limit participants' movements.

Seiko Hashimoto, who sits alongside Muto as organizing committee president, said that safety measures introduced to reassure the Japanese public had not necessarily done so and that she was aware that popular support for the Games had dropped.

"I really want to apologize from my heart for the accumulation of frustrations and concerns that the public has been feeling towards the Olympics," Hashimoto told the same news conference.

The first major test of how an Olympics can be held in the midst of a pandemic may well come in the men's soccer tournament when Japan faces a South Africa side that could struggle to field 11 players due to the coronavirus.

That match is due to take place on Thursday, a day before an opening ceremony that top sponsor Panasonic, as well as Fujitsu and NEC, will skip. Toyota dropped all TV ads linked to the Games on Monday.

Bach, who Kyodo news agency said would meet Japan's Emperor Naruhito on Thursday, said on Tuesday organizers could never have imagined the "unprecedented challenges" of bringing the global event to Tokyo, praising the "heroic efforts" of medical personnel and volunteers around the world amid the pandemic.

The athletes, Hector Velazquez and Sammy Solis, who tested positive on Sunday, have been isolated, as have all team members pending results of more tests, it said.

Kenji Shibuya, former director of the Institute for Population Health at King's College London, said that the organizers' bubble system was already "kind of broken."

"My biggest concern is, of course, there will be a cluster of infections in the (athletes') village or some of the accommodation and interaction with local people," he added.

Organizing committee President Hashimoto said members of the public were concerned "because they feel that the current situation appears to show that the playbooks that were meant to guarantee security is not providing a sense of safety."

In a poll in the Asahi newspaper, 68% of respondents expressed doubt about the ability of Olympic organizers to control coronavirus infections, with 55% saying they were opposed to the Games going ahead.

(Reporting by Ju-min Park and Karolos Grohmann; Writing by Linda Sieg and Antoni Slodkowski; Editing by Michael Perry and John Stonestreet)

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Will Fee is a British journalist and researcher based in central Tokyo. He holds an MPhil in Japanese Studies from Oxford University with a specialism in postwar history and culture.

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