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Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

The withdrawal of Greece's entire 12-woman artistic swimming team was just one high-profile example of athletes who had their experience at the Games cut short due to the virus.

The big picture: The worst fears may not have been realized, but COVID still had an impact on the Olympics despite the protocols — and Tokyo had an even bigger spike of virus cases outside the Games.

By the numbers: As of Friday, 382 people had tested positive for COVID-19 at the Games, including 29 athletes, according to an Olympic database of cases.

  • The total includes 31 people who live in the Olympic village and 351 people who live outside the village.

Some of the other athletes who withdrew from the Games due to COVID-19 include:

  • American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks, who was widely considered a medal contender, tested positive on July 29, prompting his withdrawal.
  • Two members of Trinidad and Tobago's Olympic team, including a long jumper and a 400-meter hurdler, per Reuters.
  • American men's beach volleyball player Taylor Crabb was the first Team USA athlete to test positive for the Games, per NBC News.
  • Four Czech athletes tested positive, including beach volleyball players Ondřej Perušič and Markéta Sluková-Nausch, table tennis player Pavel Sirucek and cyclist Michal Schlegel, per Forbes.

Total new Tokyo COVID cases:

  • July 23 (opening ceremony): 1,128
  • Aug. 7: 4,566

Between the lines: Those are snapshots, but if you go beyond daily case counts, there's been a 133.3% increase between the latest seven-day average and the previous week's average.

Go deeper: Behind the scenes at the COVID Olympics

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  2. Health: Study: Pandemic cut U.S. life expectancy by more than 9 million years — U.S. death toll surpasses 1918 flu fatalities — Chicago has highest case rates in city worker neighborhoods.
  3. Politics: Biden to push vaccine-sharing at UN, but boosters at home — Rep. Tim Ryan tests positive — Biden administration to lift travel ban for fully vaccinated international travelers.
  4. Education: D.C. schools to require teachers, staff to receive vaccine without testing option — More schools using "test-to-stay" strategy to minimize quarantines.
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U.S. COVID death toll surpasses 1918 flu fatalities

White flags are seen on the National Mall on Sept. 18, honoring Americans who have lost their lives to COVID-19 epidemic. Photo: Chen Mengtong/China News Service via Getty Images

The recorded number COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. has now surpassed the known number of fatalities from the 1918 flu pandemic.

The big picture: The U.S. has now marked more than 676,000 deaths from the coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the 1918 pandemic killed about about 675,000 people.

D.C. schools to require teachers, staff to receive COVID vaccine without testing option

Photo: Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) announced Monday that all teachers, school personnel and early child care workers must get vaccinated against the coronavirus by Nov. 1 with no option to opt out with weekly testing.

Why it matters: A majority of the D.C. city council urged Bowser to eliminate the weekly testing option for public school teachers and day care professionals, WashPost noted. Bowser's new mandate extended the vaccine requirement without a testing option to all D.C. public schools, charter schools, private schools and child care facilities.