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A June 19 protest in São Paulo, Brazil, against the administration of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has railed against precautionary health measures despite the soaring COVID-19 death rate and cases. Photo: Rodrigo Paiva/Getty Images

Demonstrators took to the streets in at least 22 of Brazil’s 26 states to protest President Jair Bolsonaro's handling of the pandemic — as deaths from COVID-19 in the country surged past 500,000 Saturday, per AP.

The big picture: Brazil has the world's second-highest coronavirus death toll and third-highest number of reported cases. Only 12% of the country's population has been vaccinated against the virus, AP notes.

Protesters holding signs reading "'Bolsonaro out" and other statements against the president's administration in Rio de Janeiro on June 19. Bolsonaro was fined earlier this month for not wearing a mask at a rally. Photo: Buda Mendes/Getty Images
A demonstrator with boards depicting Bolsonaro (L) and his son (R) as prisoners during the protest in São Paulo on June 19. Brazil's Senate has launched an investigation into the government's handling of the pandemic. Photo: Rodrigo Paiva/Getty Images
A rally against Bolsonaro's administration in Brasilia June 19. Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga tweeted that the 500,000 lives lost to the pandemic "affects Brazil" and the world. "I work tirelessly to vaccinate all Brazilians in the shortest time possible and change this scenario that has plagued us for over a year," he added. Photo: Andressa Anholete/Getty Images
Members of opposition parties and social movements participate in a protest against Bolsonaro's handling in Brasilia on June 19. Photo: Sergio Lima/AFP via Getty Images
A demonstrator holding a sign in the shape of a cross stating "500,000 deaths" during the São Paulo protest June 19. The decision to host the Copa América soccer tournament during the pandemic has angered many in Brazil. Photo: Rodrigo Paiva/Getty Images
Demonstrators wearing costumes depicting Bolsonaro and death during the Rio de Janeiro protest on June 19. Photo: Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Editor's note: This article has been updated with more photos.

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Updated Jul 29, 2021 - Axios Denver

Colorado athletes to watch at the Tokyo Olympics

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Data: Team USA; Cartogram: Connor Rothschild/Axios

Colorado counts 34 athletes in the Olympic Games in more than 14 sports and 23 disciplines, according to Team USA.

Why it matters: We love to cheer for our hometown heroes as they go for the gold!

By the numbers: Colorado's athlete count is the third most in the nation — behind California's 126 and Florida's 51, according to an Axios analysis.

  • The athletes self-report their hometowns.
  • In reality, dozens more Olympians live in Colorado because they train here — and the same goes for athletes from other countries, too.

Meet the athletes here:

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President Biden speaks at the White House on Tuesday. Photo: Shawn Thew/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden spoke out Tuesday against Republican governors who've sought to block vaccine and mask mandates, as COVID-19 cases spike across the U.S.

Why it matters: Biden has tried to avoid making the pandemic a partisan issue, but the Washington Post notes the White House "has grown increasingly frustrated" with Republican leaders looking to obstruct health measures.

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Team USAs Sydney McLaughlin in front of the timer after winning the 400m hurdles in record time at the Tokyo Olympics. Photo: Wally Skalij /Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Day 12 of the Tokyo Olympic Games saw American Sydney McLaughlin break her own world record to win gold in the women's 400-meter hurdles final on Wednesday.

Of note: Japan won a third Olympic skateboarding gold, as two teenagers and a 12-year-old swept the podium for the inaugural women's park skateboarding event.