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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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Nov 13, 2021 - Health

All adults in California, Colorado, New Mexico can get COVID boosters

A pharmacist fills a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 booster vaccination at a booster shot clinic in San Rafael, Calif. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

California, Colorado and New Mexico this week have expanded COVID-19 booster access to all adults.

Why it matters: Federal officials have recommended largely limiting the doses to people who are 65 and older, have underlying health conditions or work in high-risk environments.

Updated Nov 19, 2021 - Health

World gets tough on the unvaccinated

People wait at the registration desk for a vaccination appointment in Dresden, Germany. Photo: Sebastian Kahnert/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa via Getty Images

Public officials around the world are imposing new restrictions on the unvaccinated as many nations struggle to raise their COVID-19 vaccination rates.

Why it matters: Unvaccinated people are five times more likely than those vaccinated to get infected and 10 times more likely to die from the coronavirus, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many health care systems are buckling under new waves in cases among the unvaccinated.

Nov 13, 2021 - Health

Federal appeals court affirms hold on Biden vaccine rule for large companies

Photo: Chris Kleponis/CNP/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A Biden administration rule requiring large companies to mandate COVID vaccines for employees or impose weekly testing is "staggeringly overbroad" and "grossly exceeds [the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's] statutory authority," a federal appeals court said Friday in an order to keep the rule on hold.

Why it matters: Under the rule, companies with 100 or more workers must mandate vaccination or regular testing by Jan. 4.