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16 of the NBA's 302 players — or 5.3% — tested positive for the coronavirus after league-wide testing, the Players Association announced Friday.

Why it matters: It's the first in a series of regular tests for the players, with the league set to restart on July 30 in Orlando, Florida. Players who participate in voluntary workouts at their team's facilities will also be tested every other day beginning next week, per ESPN.

  • Players who tested positive will stay in self-isolation for as long as public health protocols call for, and until they've been cleared by a physician.
  • The league or player's association did not announce the results of NBA staff, who were also tested.

What's next: Mandatory workouts will begin on July 1, and the 22 teams participating in the restart will begin arriving in Orlando on July 7.

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Oct 3, 2020 - Sports

Patriots-Chiefs game postponed after positive COVID-19 tests on both teams

Cam Newton plays against the Las Vegas Raiders at Gillette Stadium on Sept. 27 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Photo: Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

Sunday's NFL game between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs has been postponed after "positive COVID-19 tests on both teams," the league said in a statement Saturday.

Catch up quick: The Patriots confirmed Saturday morning that an unnamed player tested positive for COVID-19 Friday night and immediately quarantined, after ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that quarterback Cam Newton tested positive. Several coaches, players and staff who had been in close contact with the infected player tested negative on Saturday morning, the team said.

Updated Oct 25, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trumpworld coronavirus tracker

Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

An outbreak of COVID-19 has struck the White House — including the president himself — just weeks before the 2020 election.

Why it matters: If the president can get infected, anyone can. And the scramble to figure out the scope of this outbreak is a high-profile, high-stakes microcosm of America's larger failures to contain the virus and to stand up a contact-tracing system that can respond to new cases before they have a chance to become outbreaks.

Pence to hold campaign rally in Arizona

Vice President Mike Pence at a MAGA rally in Gilford, NH on Sept. 22. Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Vice President Mike Pence will hold a MAGA rally in Peoria, Arizona next Thursday, following the campaign's plan to keep the VP on the road after President Trump tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday.

Why it matters: Pence, who tested negative for COVID-19 on Friday and reportedly again on Saturday, will likely be speaking to a large crowd that will not be socially distanced unless new guidelines are issued.

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