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First known Olympic Village resident tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of July 23 opening

The Olympic Village's first resident, a person identified as "games-concerned personnel," tested positive for the coronavirus, Tokyo Olympic organizers said Saturday, per AP.

Driving the news: Organizers said 45 people within their “jurisdiction” have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Saturday. Only the single case is in Olympic Village. Most people who have tested positive have been characterized as "contractors." The list also includes one athlete and three members of the media. Twelve cases are identified as "non-resident of Japan," AP notes.


The big picture: Infectious disease experts say the Olympics don't have strong enough protocols for testing or ventilation, either in competition venues or in the Olympic village, Axios' Tina Reed writes.

By the numbers via AP: "New COVID-19 cases on Saturday were reported at 1,410. They were 950 one week ago, and it marks the 28th straight day that cases were higher than a week previous. It was the highest single day since 1,485 on Jan. 21."

What they're saying: "In the current situation, that positive cases arise is something we must assume is possible," said Toshiro Muto, CEO of the Tokyo organizing committee.

Japanese people continue to protest the Games amid the latest uptick in positive cases ahead of opening day July 23.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said Thursday that "[r]isk for the other residents of Olympic village and risk for the Japanese people is zero," Reuters reports.

  • "We are very well aware of the skepticism, obviously that a number of people have here in Japan," Bach said Saturday in his first large briefing of the Olympics at the main press center in Tokyo. "My appeal to the Japanese people is to welcome these athletes."

Details: Tokyo officials say the individual, who is neither an Olympic athlete nor a resident of Japan, was placed in a 14-day quarantine.

Zoom out: The Olympic Village on Tokyo Bay will house 11,000 athletes during the Games, along with thousands of staff members.

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When Aileen Lee originally coined the term "unicorn" in late 2013, she was describing the 39 "U.S.-based software companies started since 2003 and valued at over $1 billion by public or private market investors."

Flashback: It got redefined in early 2015 by yours truly and Erin Griffith, in a cover story for Fortune, as any privately-held startup valued at $1 billion or more. At the time, we counted 80 of them.

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Why it matters: The changes could reduce traffic to some news publishers, particularly companies that post a lot of political content.

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Hurricane Ida exposes America's precarious energy infrastructure

The powerful hurricane that plunged New Orleans into darkness for what could be weeks is the latest sign that U.S. power systems are not ready for a warmer, more volatile world.

The big picture: “Our current infrastructure is not adequate when it comes to these kinds of weather extremes,” Joshua Rhodes, a University of Texas energy expert, tells Axios.

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"We must go further": 70% of adults in European Union are fully vaccinated

About 70% of adults in the European Union are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, said Tuesday.

Why it matters: The milestone makes the E.U. one of the world's leaders in inoculations, after an initially lagging vaccine campaign, the New York Times notes.

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What Elizabeth Holmes jurors will be asked ahead of fraud trial

Jury selection begins today in USA v. Elizabeth Holmes, with the actual jury trial to get underway on Sept. 8.

Why it matters: Theranos was the biggest fraud in Silicon Valley history, putting both hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of patients' health at risk.

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