The sharp and sudden increase of Delta variant Covid cases amongst the unvaccinated along with 'breakthrough' cases involving the vaccinated is now affecting professional sports. The Washington Nationals scheduled Wednesday game in Philadelphia was postponed after four players and eight staffers came down with the virus. All but one of the positive tests came from an unvaccinated party. One of the affected was shortstop Trea Turner, who had been pulled from a game the night before. "I'm just worried about the guys, I really am," Nationals field manager Dave Martinez said. "It's been a tough go; this doesn't make it any easier."
Earlier this week Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich was diagnosed with a breakthrough case and placed in quarantine. In the NFL, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was diagnosed for the second time in the past year. Golfer Jon Rahm also pulled out of the Olympics after being diagnosed a second time in two months. Per Worldometers, more than 85,000 new Covid cases were recorded, the highest such daily total since early April. There were also 483 deaths reported.