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Grin, a Latin America-focused scooter startup, is participating in Silicon Valley's Y Combinator accelerator program.

Bottom line: E-scooters aren't just a U.S. transportation phenomenon.

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  • The startup recently debuted in Mexico City, co-founder Sergio Romo tells Axios.
  • Grin has raised funding from Sinai Ventures, Liquid2 Ventures, 500 Startups, Monashees, and Base10 Partners, among others. Romo declined to disclose the amount.
  • Y Combinator wasn't purposefully looking to invest in more scooter startups, partner Eric Migicovsky tells Axios, though it is a trend the organization has kept an eye on.

1 fun thing: Romo says that he and his co-founder started the company after missing out on investing in the U.S. scooter startups, whose fundraising and valuations have been skyrocketing ("we write small checks," he says).

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Taiwan reaches a record 200 days with no local coronavirus cases

Catholics go through containment protocols including body-temperature measurement and hands-sanitisation before entering the Saint Christopher Parish Church, Taipei City, Taiwan, in July. Photo: Ceng Shou Yi/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Taiwan on Thursday marked no locally transmitted coronavirus cases for 200 days, as the island of 23 million people's total number of infections reported stands at 550 and the COVID-19 death toll at seven.

Why it matters: Nowhere else in the world has reached such a milestone. While COVID-19 cases surge across the U.S. and Europe, Taiwan's last locally transmitted case was on April 12. Experts credit tightly regulated travel, early border closure, "rigorous contact tracing, technology-enforced quarantine and universal mask wearing," along with the island state's previous experience with the SARS virus, per Bloomberg.

Go deeper: As Taiwan's profile rises, so does risk of conflict with China

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  3. Business: Consumer confidence sinking Testing is a windfall.
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Deadly Hurricane Zeta slams U.S. Gulf Coast

A satellite image of Hurricane Zeta. Photo: National Hurricane Center/NOAA

Hurricane Zeta has killed at least one person after a 55-year-old man was "electrocuted by a downed power line" in Louisiana as the storm caused widespread power outages Wednesday night, per AP.

What's happening: Zeta made landfall south of New Orleans as a Category 2 hurricane earlier Wednesday before weakening to Category 1. But it was still "battering southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi with life-threatening storm surge, high winds, and heavy rain" late Wednesday, per the National Hurricane Center.