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The National Olympic Stadium n Tokyo on July 3. Photo: Damon Coulter/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Olympic Games organizers said Tuesday two staff members working at the athletes' village in Tokyo have tested positive for COVID-19, per the Tokyo Shimbun news outlet.

Why it matters: Australia's ABC notes that the workers who tested positive last week were found to have been dining with two other staff members — a violation of the organizing committee's pandemic measures.

The big picture: Japan's government has faced criticism for hosting the Tokyo Games as coronavirus cases rise, but organizers say they're taking precautions to ensure the event will be safe.

  • Among the measures they've taken is the cancellation of all public viewing sites.
  • Games organizers said they had taken steps to prevent a "recurrence" of the dining protocol breach, the Tokyo Shimbun reports.

Go deeper: Athletes traveling to Olympics face logistical hurdles

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  2. Health: Unvaccinated athletes face 21-day quarantine at Beijing Olympics
  3. Politics: Study reveals disparities in hospitals' COVID funds — DeSantis touts bonuses for unvaccinated police who relocate to Florida — Puerto Rico leads U.S. vaccination rates
  4. Education: Benefits of COVID vaccine for children outweigh risks, FDA says — Education secretary reveals limits to Biden’s mask push on states — LA extends deadline for school employee vaccinations
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.

DeSantis to convene state legislature to fight COVID vaccine mandates

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that he will convene a special session of the state legislature to combat coronavirus vaccine mandates enacted by businesses and "provide protections for employees."

Why it matters: This is the Republican governor's latest move to penalize local entities that implement mask or vaccine mandates to contain the spread of the virus.

Hawaii invites fully vaccinated travelers to return from Nov. 1

Hawaii Gov. David Ige. Photo: Darryl Oumi/Getty Images

Hawaii Gov. David Ige (D) announced plans Wednesday to soon welcome back nonresidents to the island state who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for nonessential travel.

Why it matters: Hawaii's tourist-dependent labor market suffered one of the worst blows in the U.S. last year and the state's climb out of its pandemic-sized hole is moving slowly, Axios' Courtenay Brown notes.