MULLINS, S.C. —  Hudson Spivey passed for 202 yards and four touchdowns Friday to lead Pee Dee Academy to a 55-0 win over The King’s Academy.

Teammates Allen Moore had 81 yards receiving and a touchdown, while Colby Sinclair rushed for 63 yards and a score.

Landyn Tyler had 12 tackles, one interception and a touchdown for the Golden Eagles.

Pee Dee Academy improved to 3-0, 1-0 SCISA 2-2A and will host Thomas Sumter at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

PDA − Drew Singletary 29 pass from Hudson Spivey (kick failed), 10:33.

PDA − Luke Carter 2 run (Singletary kick), 9:23.

PDA − Landyn Tyler 12 pass from Spivey (Singletary kick), 8:54.

PDA − Singletary 21 pass from Spivey (Singletary kick), 4:55.

PDA − Carter 2 run (Singletary kick), 1:31.

PDA − Allen Moore 65 pass from Spivey (Singletary kick), 11:25.

Sunshine Bible Academy (1-1) was paced by Betra Amare’s 9 kills and 7 ace serves. Liza Konechne had 5 ace serves while Annalise Van Zee had 5 kills. The Crusaders play Highmore-Harrold on Sept. 7.

Mitchell Christian (0-1) picked up 15 digs, 4 ace serves and 4 kills from Whisper Eben. Kelsey Holdeman had 7 digs while Keely O’Neill had 8 digs and 4 assists. The Golden Eagles host Dell Rapids St. Mary on Sept. 2.

Avon 3, Parkston 2

AVON — Avon rallied back to beat Parkston in a five-set thriller Tuesday night to win its third match of the season. Set scores were 23-25, 17-25, 28-26, 26-24 and 17-15.

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Avon (3-1): Tiffany Pelton had 24 kills and 12 digs while Courtney Sees had 12 kills and 20 assists. McKenna Kocmich added 28 assists and 15 digs. Katie Gretschmann led the team with 33 digs while Sam Brodeen had 23 digs and 8 kills. Avon hosts Andes Central/Dakota Christian on Sept. 2.

Parkson (1-5): Mya Nuebel had 14 kills and 21 digs while Brielle Bruening had 13 kills and 10 digs. Allison Ziebart led the team with 37 digs while Faith Oakley had 20 assists. Avery Bogenreif chipped in with 13 assists. The Trojans host Hanson on Sept. 2.

Bridgewater-Emery 3, Howard 0

HOWARD — Bridgewater-Emery picked up it’s straight victory Tuesday, winning 25-15, 25-9 and 25-12.

Bridgewater-Emery (3-0): Julia Weber had 15 kills and 3 ace serves in the winning effort, with Taylor Schallenkamp adding 11 kills and Chloe Schmitt having 10 kills. Kaitlyn Roskens had a team-high 17 assists while Casey Meyer 16 assists and 2 ace serves. Cava Meyer had 12 digs and Julia Weber 9 digs. The Huskies travel to Wessington Springs on Sept. 2

Howard (1-2): Emma Rudebusch had 3 kills and five assists. Piper Thompson had 11 digs while Katlin Schlim had 8 digs. Kate Connor added 7 kills and Rylee Rudebusch added 5 kills. Howard travels to Freeman on Sept. 2.

Chester Area 3, McCook Central/Montrose 1

MONTROSE — Chester Area won its third straight volleyball match on Tuesday with a win over McCook Central/Montrose. Set scores were 25-13, 23-25, 25-10 and 25-21.

Chester Area (5-2): Lily VanHal had 20 digs, 25 assists and 8 kills while Serena Larson had 9 kills. Emery Larson notched 28 digs while Carly Becker had 18 assists. The Flyers travel to Baltic on Sept. 7.

McCook Central/Montrose (1-4): Abby Roling led the team with 19 digs while Michaela McCormick had 8 kills and 9 digs. Briana Even added 20 assists and 3 ace serves. The Fighting Cougars travel to Parker on Sept. 2.

Kimball/White Lake 3, Ethan 2

WHITE LAKE — Kimball/White Lake earned a home victory Tuesday night, claiming a back-and-forth five-set match. Set scores were 23-25, 25-15, 23-25, 25-18 and 15-8.

Kimball/White Lake (1-1): Dani Deffenbaugh had 28 kills, 18 digs and 5 ace serves to lead the WildKats. Ryann Nielsen had 48 assists, 18 digs and 10 kills while Harley Namanny had 20

Sunshine Bible Academy (1-1) was paced by Betra Amare’s 9 kills and 7 ace serves. Liza Konechne had 5 ace serves while Annalise Van Zee had 5 kills. The Crusaders play Highmore-Harrold on Sept. 7.

Mitchell Christian (0-1) picked up 15 digs, 4 ace serves and 4 kills from Whisper Eben. Kelsey Holdeman had 7 digs while Keely O’Neill had 8 digs and 4 assists. The Golden Eagles host Dell Rapids St. Mary on Sept. 2.

Avon 3, Parkston 2

AVON — Avon rallied back to beat Parkston in a five-set thriller Tuesday night to win its third match of the season. Set scores were 23-25, 17-25, 28-26, 26-24 and 17-15.

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Avon (3-1): Tiffany Pelton had 24 kills and 12 digs while Courtney Sees had 12 kills and 20 assists. McKenna Kocmich added 28 assists and 15 digs. Katie Gretschmann led the team with 33 digs while Sam Brodeen had 23 digs and 8 kills. Avon hosts Andes Central/Dakota Christian on Sept. 2.

Parkson (1-5): Mya Nuebel had 14 kills and 21 digs while Brielle Bruening had 13 kills and 10 digs. Allison Ziebart led the team with 37 digs while Faith Oakley had 20 assists. Avery Bogenreif chipped in with 13 assists. The Trojans host Hanson on Sept. 2.

Bridgewater-Emery 3, Howard 0

HOWARD — Bridgewater-Emery picked up it’s straight victory Tuesday, winning 25-15, 25-9 and 25-12.

Bridgewater-Emery (3-0): Julia Weber had 15 kills and 3 ace serves in the winning effort, with Taylor Schallenkamp adding 11 kills and Chloe Schmitt having 10 kills. Kaitlyn Roskens had a team-high 17 assists while Casey Meyer 16 assists and 2 ace serves. Cava Meyer had 12 digs and Julia Weber 9 digs. The Huskies travel to Wessington Springs on Sept. 2

Howard (1-2): Emma Rudebusch had 3 kills and five assists. Piper Thompson had 11 digs while Katlin Schlim had 8 digs. Kate Connor added 7 kills and Rylee Rudebusch added 5 kills. Howard travels to Freeman on Sept. 2.

Chester Area 3, McCook Central/Montrose 1

MONTROSE — Chester Area won its third straight volleyball match on Tuesday with a win over McCook Central/Montrose. Set scores were 25-13, 23-25, 25-10 and 25-21.

Chester Area (5-2): Lily VanHal had 20 digs, 25 assists and 8 kills while Serena Larson had 9 kills. Emery Larson notched 28 digs while Carly Becker had 18 assists. The Flyers travel to Baltic on Sept. 7.

McCook Central/Montrose (1-4): Abby Roling led the team with 19 digs while Michaela McCormick had 8 kills and 9 digs. Briana Even added 20 assists and 3 ace serves. The Fighting Cougars travel to Parker on Sept. 2.

Kimball/White Lake 3, Ethan 2

WHITE LAKE — Kimball/White Lake earned a home victory Tuesday night, claiming a back-and-forth five-set match. Set scores were 23-25, 25-15, 23-25, 25-18 and 15-8.

Kimball/White Lake (1-1): Dani Deffenbaugh had 28 kills, 18 digs and 5 ace serves to lead the WildKats. Ryann Nielsen had 48 assists, 18 digs and 10 kills while Harley Namanny had 20

COLUMBIA — The Albemarle School boys soccer team defeated Columbia 4-2 in a non-conference match Tuesday at Columbia High School.

Albemarle School senior Donovan Sherlock, junior Ethan Mercer, freshman Ethan Hassell and 8th grader Carter Cauley each scored a goal in the contest.

Senior goalkeeper Cole Langley had 12 stops for the Colts.

The Colts will next play at home on Friday Sept. 3 versus Bethel Assembly Christian Academy.

John A. Holmes at Bear Grass Charter: Holmes High School announced the non-conference match scheduled for Wednesday was canceled by Bear Grass Charter.

Albemarle School def. New Life Academy 25-15, 25-8, 25-8: Albemarle School won Tuesday’s home non-conference match versus New Life Academy.

The Lady Colts were led by sophomore Sydney Abeyounis with 10 kills and three aces.

Sophomore Madelyn Delosreyes had 11 assists, two aces, a kill, a dig and a block.

Junior Miranda Parker added five kills, two aces, two digs and an assist.

The Lady Colts were also helped by sophomore Emiley Harris’ performance.

She added nine aces, 14 service points, two assists, two kills and a dig.

The Lady Colts travel to Bethel Assembly Christian Academy on Thursday for a non- conference game.

Pasquotank def. Bertie 25-17, 25-12, 25-12: The Panthers (1-0) began their season with a non-conference victory against the Falcons Tuesday at Bertie County High School.

Pasquotank was led by Ashlynn Wiatt who had 12 service aces, Reign Powell had nine, Ellie Bojo had five, Emma Bailey with four and Leah Sawyer with four.

Williamston-Riverside def. John A. Holmes 25-18, 28-26, 25-22: The Aces lost to the host Knights (2-0) in a non-conference match Tuesday at Riverside High School.

Cape Hatteras def. Northeastern 25-16, 25-19, 25-9: The Hurricanes (3-1) defeated the visiting Eagles (0-1) in a non-conference match Tuesday at Cape Hatteras High School in Buxton.

John A. Holmes High School announced Wednesday that it was unable to secure an opponent to play Friday, Aug. 27.

The Aces were scheduled to play host to Bertie County on Aug. 27, but the Bertie County football program is in COVID-19 protocol, which led to the game not being played this Friday.

The Aces are scheduled to play their first game of the fall 2021 season Thursday, Sept. 2 at Rocky Mount High School.

NORMAL — The Danville girls tennis team pulled off all the stops in its Big 12 Conference opener on Wednesday.

The Vikings got four singles wins and two doubles wins as they beat Normal Community 6-3.

Ava Towne, Brooklyn Behrens, Cici Brown and Reese Randle each had singles wins for Danville, while the teams of Towne and Josie Hotsinpiller and Brown and Randle each had wins in doubles.

The Vikings travel to Olney on Saturday.

Schlarman 5, Watseka 4

WATSEKA — With three singles wins and two doubles wins, the Schlarman girls tennis team defeated Watseka 5-4 on Tuesday.

Maya Jenny, Caroline Bogen and Anjoelina Anderson each won singles matches for the Hilltoppers, while Jenny and Bogen teamed up to win in doubles and Madi Watson and Lilli Perez also teamed up to win in doubles.

PREP BOYS GOLF

Schlarman, Salt Fork compete in meet

DANVILLE — Marcus Provost shot a 30 for the Hilltoppers in a rain-shortened triangular meet with St. Joseph-Ogden and Salt Fork at Danville Country Club.

Adam Watson had a 35 for Schlarman Academy, who had a total of 139, while Adam Duncan and Will Stout each had a 37.

Brock Wantland had a 32 for Salt Fork, who had a total of 141, while Sam Pearman had a 33, Hunter Wantland scored a 37 and Davis Canady carded a 39.

Jacob Kern had a 30 for St. Joseph-Ogden, who won the event with a 129.

Westville, Oakwood competes in meet

WATSEKA — The Tigers and Comets were in a triangular meet with Watseka and Milford at Shewami Golf Course on Tuesday.

Kyle McFarland had a 45 for Oakwood, who had a team score of 213, while Case Kopacz had a 48, Mason Goodner scored a 55 and Nate Stewart added a 65.

Westville had a team score of 275 and was led by Ty Williamson at 53, while Gage Hatcher had a 70, Caleb Howe had a 71 and Garyson McBride had an 81.

Watseka won the tournament with a 174 as Hagan Hoy had a 41 and Milford was second at 202 with Adin Portwood getting a 44.

PREP BOYS SOCCER

Hoopeston Area 8, Watseka 0

WATSEKA — The Hoopeston Area soccer team got the season off to the right foot on Tuesday with a 8-0 win over Watseka.

Ben Brown had three goals for the Cornjerkers, while Isaias Diaz and Talen Gredy each had two goals and and assist, Harrison Woods had a goal, Nick Hofer had two assists, Kamerin Cade had one assist and Owen Root had an assist, along with two saves in goal.

The Cornjerkers will have their first home match of the season today against Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Westville.

Oakwood/SF 5, Schlarman 1

OAKWOOD — The Oakwood/Salt Fork soccer team picked up its first win of the season with a 5-1 win over Schlarman Academy on Tuesday.

Reef Pacot had two goals and a assist for the Comets, while Macen Phillpis had a goal and and a assist, Carlie Thompson had

CLAVERACK — The Taconic Hills Little League 10-12 All-Stars advanced to the Section 2 South AAA championship series with a 16-1 victory over Rensselaer on Thursday at Claverack Town Park.

The game was stopped after three innings because of the 15-run rule.

Taconic Hills finished pool play with a perfect 5-0 record. Game 1 of the championship series against Troy or Coxsackie-Athens is slated for Monday at 5:45 p.m. at Claverack Town Park.

Tristan Super and Henry Semp both had big games against Rensselaer. Super went 3 for 4 with two doubles and six RBI, while Semp went 3 for 4 with a triple, double and four RBI.

Jesus Mercado added two single and an RBI to Taconic Hills’ attack. Aidan Buchinsky, Jackson Arp and Otto Semp each had two singles and Hunter Nielsen, Brayden Jause and Spencer Harrington all singled.

Henry Semp pitched all three innings to earn the win, striking out four and allowing one run and four hits.

On Tuesday, Taconic Hills blanked Coxsackie-Athens, 3-0, behind a strong performance on the mound and at the plate by Brayden Jause.

Jause blasted a solo home run and pitched 5 2/3 innings of shutout ball with 14 strikeouts. Tristan Super pitched 1/3 of an inning, striking out the only batter he faced.

Henry Semp added a triple and single with an RBI to Taconic Hills’ cause. Hunter Nielsen doubled and drove in a run, and Super and Jesus Mercado singled.

Taconic Hills opened play in the AAA Tournament on July 7 with a 13-0 victory over Troy in a game that was stopped after four innings because of the mercy rule.

Henry Semp, Otto Semp and Hunter Nielsen all had three singles. Brayden Jause added a double and single and Nick Baird, Jackson Arp, Aidan Buchinsky, Rex Gilbert and Jesus Mercado all singled.

Jause went the distance for the win, allowing just two hits with 10 strikeouts.

On July 13, Taconic Hills blanked Albany American, 13-0, in another game stopped after four innings because of the mercy rule.

Aidan Buchinsky threw a no-hitter, striking out nine.

Ott Semp had two singles for TH. Spencer Harrington tripled, Henry Semp doubled and Jesus Mercado, Rex Gilbert, Nick Baird, Hunter Nielsen and Aidan Buchinsky all singled.

Taconic Hills topped Catskill, 14-1, on July 15 in a game stopped in the fourth inning because of the mercy rule.

Brayden Jause ripped a double and single. Hunter Nielsen doubled, Aidan Buchinsky and Jesus Mercado both had two singles and Otto Semp and Spencer Harrington each had a single.

Nielsen was the winning pitcher, allowing two hits and one run with seven strikeouts.

The ENY Blackhawks 14U were limited to two hits in a 3-1 loss to the Berkshire Americans 15U on Thursday.

The game was tied 1-1 after seven, but Berkshire plated two in top of the eighth, then held the Blackhawks scoreless in the bottom half of the frame to earn the victory.

Tyler Peck doubled for and drove in a run for

WRESTLING

Beverly 33, Masconomet/Essex Tech 30: Connor LoColle’s first varsity win at 220 pounds sealed the match win for the Panthers in a tremendously close outing. Jan Williams also earned his first career win at 170 while Garret McNeil won at 126, Luke Loureiro won at 145 and Jonas Pavia won at 195.

 

GIRLS LACROSSE

Peabody 17, Saugus: A dozen players scored goals for the Tanners (now 8-3) led by Hailee Lomasneys pair with seven assists and Amber Kiricoples’ four goals and two helpers. McKayla Fisher added a goal and two assists, Sophie Izzo scored two and single tallies came from Siobahn Smith, Hailey Baker, Katie Amico, Lauren Woods, Sam Silva, Sam Rowe, Emily McDonough and McKenna Forni. Goalkeepers Olivia Lavalle and Lauren Leggett combined for the shutout in net.

 

BASEBALL 

Salem Academy 13, Neighborhood House 1: Junior Waldy Sanchez pitched a complete game and added two hits and one RBI at the plate to help his own cause. Freshman Azriel Taguiam was also a huge contributor in the win, going 3-for-3 and playing some strong D in the outfield. Salem Academy will now travel to Boston Collegiate for the Charter School Championship game. 

 

BOYS LACROSSE

St. John’s Prep 10, Catholic Memorial 0: Behind a hat trick from Luke Surette the Eagles clinched the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Catholic Conference tournament and a league co-championship (with BC High). Tommy Sarni and Charlie Wilmot had two goals each with Michael Kelly and Tyee Ambrosh getting a goal and an assist each. Lucas Verrier scored once, Jimmy Ayers had two helpers, Kaden Quirk (six saves) and Teddy Cullivane (one) split the shutout and Sean O’Brian and Christian Rooney were exceptional defensively.

 

SOFTBALL 

Salem Academy 18, Boston Collegiate 8: Sophomore Cindy Shehu got the win on the mound and chipped in a massive home run to left center field to help the Navigators move on in the MCSAO playoffs. Lone senior Emma Lee scored four runs while sophomore Grace Thomas added two hits and three runs scored in the win. Salem Academy will now play in their third straight championship game. 

The Marcellus softball team shut out Central Valley Academy 6-0 on Monday to advance in the Class B sectional playoffs. Aubrey Fraher tossed a one-hitter and stuck out nine to lead the No. 2 seed Mustangs (15-2) to the quarterfinal round.

Samantha Wynne delivered at the plate by driving in two runs in the win. Marcellus will next host Mount Markham, 5 p.m. today in the quarterfinals.

Class B

Camden 9, Cazenovia 1

Ryleigh Johnson scattered five hits and struck out five to help the Blue Devils advance to the next round.

Brooke Musch and Camryn Shenk drove in two runs each for No. 3 seed Camden (16-2). The Blue Devils will host No. 6 Westhill at 5 p.m. today.

Oneida 6, Skaneateles 5

Olivia Friend and Kaylin Curro delivered at the place to lead the Indians to victory.

Friend went 3-for-3 with a double and drove in three runs while Curro was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs.

No. 4 Oneida will host. No 12 Jordan-Elbridge, 5 p.m. today.

Jordan-Elbridge 2, South Jefferson 1

Abigail Ahern and Heather Sorts each drove in a run as the No. 12 Eagles upset No 5 South Jefferson to advance to the quarterfinals.

Alexis Delfavero pitched in the win, allowing just three hits and striking out 10 for the Eagles (10-6)

General Brown 7, Canastota 3

Ashlee Ward drove in two runs to help the Lions to victory.

No. 8 General Brown will travel to No.1 seed Holland Patent, today at 5 p.m. The Golden Knights easily advanced with a 16-1 win over Little Falls.

Class A

Christian Brothers Academy 18, Fulton 9

Kenzie Witz (four RBIs), Katelyn Courcy (five runs scored), and Avery Bowman (3-for-4, two runs, four RBIs) led a big offensive showing for the Lady Brothers. No. 8 CBA will take on No. 1 Jamesville-DeWitt in the Class A sectional quarterfinals.

Central Square 5, Indian River 1

Rylee Broadwell struck out 12 and allowed only one unearned run on four hits, one walk and 12 strikeouts to lead the sixth-seeded Red Hawks past the 11th-seeded Warriors.

Lauren Scheuer went 2-for-4 with a double and three runs scored and Emerson Widowski was 2-for-3 with a double, one run scored and two RBIs in the win. Central Square will play No. 3 Auburn in the quarterfinals.

Class C

Thousand Islands 1, West Canada Valley 0 (8 innings)

In an extra-inning thriller, the Vikings outlasted West Canada Valley thanks to Ali Swenzon’s game-winning knock that drove in Delaney Wiley for the only run of the contest. Wiley pitched all eight innings for Thousand Islands and allowed only one hit and one walk while striking out 13.

West Canada Valley’s Hanna Burdick pitched eight innings and allowed one run on three hits, no walks and struck out 14. The second-seeded Vikings will play No. 7 Port Byron in the Class C sectional quarterfinals.

Brackets

Class AA Sectional Seedings

Class A Sectional Seedings

Class B Sectional Seedings

Class C Sectional Seedings

Class D

Tim Hostage scored the game-tying goal with 36 seconds left in regulation and then the game winning goal in overtime as Algonquin (7-2, 7-0 Mid-Wach A) boys lacrosse came from behind to top Shrewsbury, 9-8, in overtime on Wednesday.  

The Tomahawks trailed 8-4 in the fourth quarter before going on a 5-0 run to close out the game. 

Algonquin hosts Wachusett on Friday at 4 p.m.

MEDWAY 18, ASHLAND 10: Sean Murphy scored six goals with four assists as Medway (6-2) defeated Ashland (3-4).

The Mustangs travel to Holliston on Friday at 4 p.m.

The Clockers host Dover-Sherborn on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

MEDFIELD 20, BELLINGHAM 0: Bellingham (1-6) was shut out by Tri-Valley League powerhouse Medfield. 

The Blackhawks travel to Norwood on Friday at 3:45 p.m.

Girls Lacrosse

ASHLAND 14, MEDWAY 8: Senior Sarah Da Silva scored four goals with three assists and junior Allie Loughlin scored three goals with four assists as Ashland (4-3-1) defeated Medway (4-4). 

Lauren Beach scored a game-high six goals for the Mustangs. 

The Clockers travel to Dover-Sherborn on Friday at 4 p.m.

Baseball

NATICK 9, BROOKLINE 8 (9 innings): Sam Shuster had a clutch pinch-hit home run and Ryan Maltzman pushed across the game-tying RBI in the seventh as Natick (4-6) came from behind to beat Brookline in extra-innings. 

Brendan Rodman was 2-for-5 with three RBI while both Carter Doran and Mikey Guiney each went 3-for-5 for the Redhawks. 

HUDSON 2, GROTON-DUNSTABLE 1: Junior Jason Jakobsen pitched a complete game with one walk, eight strikeouts and one earned run as Hudson (7-2) defeated Groton-Dunstable in a pitchers duel. 

Senior Justin Giusti went 2-for-4 with a run scored and senior Matt Lombardi was 1-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored for the Hawks. 

Hudson hosts North Middlesex on Friday. 

TRI-COUNTY 11, HOLBROOK 2: Gerrard “Ace” Ayotte struck out 17 batters in a complete game effort allowing just four hits as Tri-County (2-3) defeated Holbrook.

The Cougars travel to South Shore Christian Academy on Friday at 3:30 p.m.

WESTFORD ACADEMY 6, LINCOLN-SUDBURY 5: Junior Chase Parker had a two-run single in the sixth to make it a two-run game, but Lincoln-Sudbury’s (6-4) come back attempt came up short against Westford with the bases loaded and the potential go-ahead run in scoring position.

The Warriors play Westford Academy on Friday. 

Softball

NATICK 11, BROOKLINE 0 (5 innings): Junior Juliana Kiley went 3-for-4 with two doubles as Natick shut out Brookline in five innings. 

Senior Martha Jennings pitched the complete game shutout. 

HUDSON 16, LEOMINSTER 5: Audrey Lenox was 2-for-4 with a grand slam and five RBI as Hudson (6-5) defeated Leomister.

The Hawks travel to Shepherd Hill on Friday at 4 p.m.

ASHLAND 11, DOVER-SHERBORN 0: Senior Gianna Abbatine was 3-for-4 and was a home run shy of the cycle as Ashland (2-8) shut out Dover-Sherborn (4-5) on Senior Night. 

TRI-COUNTY 30, SOUTH SHORE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 1 (5 innings): Pitcher Holly Swinamer allowed just one hit and recorded four hits of her own from the

India continues reporting more than 200,000 daily cases, but Australia and New Zealand open quarantine-free ‘travel bubble’.

India has reported yet another record rise in COVID-19 cases, as hospitals across the country struggle with a shortage of beds and oxygen supplies.

The numbers of new infections and deaths continue to increase worldwide too.

Globally, more than 141.4 million coronavirus cases have been reported since the start of the pandemic with more than three million deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

India’s cases rise by record 273,810

India reported a record rise in coronavirus infections of 273,810, taking its overall caseload past 15 million, second only to the United States.

Maharashtra is the worst-affected state, with data showing more than 68,000 new infections there in the past 24 hours. The country’s deaths from COVID-19 rose by a record 1,619 to reach a total of 178,769, according to health ministry data.

India has been reporting daily cases in excess of 200,000 for the last four days.

Australia-New Zealand ‘travel bubble’

Hundreds of passengers from Australia began arriving at New Zealand airports after authorities reopened borders, a pandemic milestone that allows quarantine-free travel between the countries for the first time in more than a year.

Though most Australian states have allowed quarantine-free visits from New Zealand residents since late last year, New Zealand had enforced isolation for arrivals from its neighbour, citing concerns about sporadic virus outbreaks there.

Half of US adults have been vaccinated: data

Half of all adults in the United States have received at least one COVID-19 shot, according to the government, marking another milestone in the nation’s largest-ever vaccination campaign.

Almost 130 million people 18 or older have received at least one dose of a vaccine, or 50.4 percent of the total adult population, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Sunday. Almost 84 million adults, or about 32.5 percent of the population, have been fully vaccinated.

Brazil’s record daily deaths

Brazil recorded 42,980 additional confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, along with 1,657 deaths, the highest since the pandemic began.

Brazil has registered more than 13.9 million cases since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 373,335.

Hong Kong bans flights from three countries

Hong Kong will suspend flights from India, Pakistan and the Philippines from April 20 for two weeks after the N501Y mutant COVID-19 strain was detected in the Asian financial hub for the first time.

The three countries would be classified as “extremely high risk” after there had been multiple imported cases carrying the strain into Hong Kong in the past 14 days, the government said.

New state of emergency expected in parts of Japan

A recent surge in COVID-19 cases could see many parts of Japan slide back into states of emergency with authorities in Tokyo and Osaka looking at renewed curbs to stop the spread.

The new wave of infections complicates preparations for the Tokyo Olympics which are due to