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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Six FC Dallas players have tested positive for the coronavirus in the last four days after arriving in Orlando, Florida, the team and Major League Soccer announced on Wednesday.

Why it matters: The league announced last month that it will return to action on July 8 with all 26 teams competing in a 54-game, 35-day, World Cup-style tournament at Disney World, Axios' Kendall Baker reports.

  • U.S. sports leaders envision relaunching games in a “bubble,” or an "invisible, disease-free biodome inside which athletes and staff can live, work and, if they do it right, get bored," the Wall Street Journal reports.
  • The players' planned competition at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando would be one such bubble.

Details: Two FC Dallas players tested positive for the virus immediately after arriving at their host hotel in Orlando on June 27, the league said. Four other players tested positive in the last two days and all players are currently in isolation.

  • All FC Dallas players had tested negative prior to their trip for the MLS is Back Tournament, the team said on Wednesday.
  • Florida reported its highest single-day spike in coronavirus cases on Sunday.

The big picture: 392 people who have entered the hotel being used by the league for the MLS is Back Tournament have been tested, and only the FC Dallas players have so far tested positive, MLS said. The league did not specify when those people had been tested.

Go deeper: First League Into the Coronavirus Bubble: Women’s Soccer (WSJ)

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Washington's big contact tracing problem

Photo Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

The D.C. Health Department is trying to jump-start contact tracing efforts around the White House's coronavirus outbreak. Tracing has been inadequate so far even as cases spread deeper into the city.

The big picture: The White House has decided not to move forward with recommended public health protocols of contact tracing and testing since President Trump tested positive for the virus. 

Updated Oct 8, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump says he won't take part in virtual debate

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President Trump, who continues to battle a coronavirus infection, told Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo on Thursday that he will not take part in a virtual second presidential debate, with his campaign later saying he would do two in person debates later on this month.

What he's saying: "I'm not going to waste my time on a virtual debate. It’s not what debating is all about. ... It’s ridiculous," the president said.

Updated Oct 8, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Biden balks at Trumpless town hall debate

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After President Trump announced he would not participate in a virtual debate next week, Joe Biden's campaign released a statement Thursday that the former vice president would instead "find an appropriate place to take questions from voters directly."

The state of play: The Commission on Presidential Debates announced the town hall would be entirely virtual "for the health and safety of all involved" as Trump continues to recover from coronavirus.