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American Justin Gatlin (2nd L) crosses the finish line to win the men's 100m final ahead of Japan's Yuki Koike (L) and Shuhei Tada (R)during the "Ready Steady Tokyo" Olympics test event, part of the World Athletics Continental Tour at the National Stadium, in Tokyo Sunday. Photo: Toru Hanai/Getty Images

American sprinter Justin Gatlin was among 420 athletes to participate in a Tokyo test event with pandemic precautions in place Sunday ahead of this summer's delayed Olympic Games.

The big picture: No spectators were present during the event at Tokyo's Olympic Stadium as the city remains under a COVID-19 state of emergency due to a spike in coronavirus cases.

What they're saying: Gaitlin said the precautions organizers had taken had been "very successful" and he "felt beyond safe," per the BBC.

  • "The only time I've ever seen the outside is when we get on the bus to go to the track. We work out then we go back to the hotel," added the 2004 Olympic champion and 2016 Rio Games silver medallist, who won his 100m race at the event.
  • "We don't even eat in a cafeteria or a meeting ground, we take our food to our room and we eat in our room.
"I know a lot of athletes are not going to be happy with this but the measures are in place to keep everyone safe, I think it's working."

For the record: Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Friday when he extended Tokyo's emergency measures to May 31 that the capital could still hold "a safe and secure Olympics" despite the declaration due to end less than two months before the Games are set to start, per Reuters.

Go deeper: Overseas spectators banned from Tokyo Olympics over COVID fears

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Aug 17, 2021 - Health

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tests positive for COVID-19

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in 2018. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has tested positive for COVID-19, his office announced Tuesday. Abbott is "experiencing no symptoms" and is fully vaccinated.

Why it matters: Abbott has fought vehemently against public health measures such as mask and vaccine mandates.

Aug 17, 2021 - Health

Nearly 6,000 students in quarantine or isolation in Florida school district

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Nearly 6,000 students and over 300 staff members tested positive or have been exposed to COVID-19 in a Florida school district, officials announced Monday.

Why it matters: The alarming number of people in quarantine or isolation has prompted an emergency board meeting at Hillsborough County Public Schools — the seventh-largest district in the nation.

U.S. to advise COVID booster shots for most Americans at 8 months

A COVID-19 vaccination at New York's Stony Brook University. Photo: Raychel Brightman/Newsday RM via Getty Images

The Biden administration is coalescing around a plan to give COVID-19 booster shots to most Americans, the New York Times first reported Monday night.

What to expect: The booster shots would likely be given in the order the initial round of vaccines were administered, or around eight months after someone received the first two mRNA shots or the single Johnson & Johnson jab, a Biden administration official told Axios. This could potentially begin in late September.

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