India added a record 3,32,730 new coronavirus cases in a span of 24 hours, taking the country's infection tally to 1,62,63,695. As India continued to record a huge number of new infections, hospitals in the national capital and other major cities complained of 'dangerously low' levels of oxygen that is needed for critically ill patients. People losing loved ones in Delhi are turning to makeshift facilities that are undertaking mass burials and cremations as crematoriums come under pressure. (FOLLOW LIVE UPDATES ON COVID)
Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Rajasthan reported 75.01 per cent of the new COVID-19 cases registered in a day.
India's cumulative recoveries have surged to 1,36,48,159 with 1,93,279 recoveries being registered in a span of 24 hours.
COLOGNE, Germany — Cologne hired Steffen Baumgart as coach for next season on Tuesday even with the club's place in the Bundesliga uncertain. Baumgart agreed to a two-year contract following four years with Paderborn. Baumgart oversaw back-to-back promotions to take Paderborn to the Bundesliga for the 2019-20 season but the team was relegated back to the second division. It's not yet clear which division Baumgart will be coaching in next season. Cologne is in 17th place and in the relegation zone with two games remaining. Cologne fired Markus Gisdol as coach last month after a poor run of results and brought in veteran Friedhelm Funkel for the last six games. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
When Kate Campbell steps on to the mats in June for the karate Olympic qualifiers in Paris, it will be the first time she'll have competed in well over a year. "It seems like forever," said Campbell, who lives and trains out of Fredericton, N.B. Campbell is one of many New Brunswick athletes who have to balance that need to compete with the isolation that comes with travel as they prepare for the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games. People entering New Brunswick have to isolate for 14 days, and as of late April, part of that quarantine must happen at designated hotels. Kate Campbell has used her time during the pandemic to focus on training and rid herself of bad habits.(CBC) "It's definitely a challenge. It kind of limits the number of times that I feel it appropriate to leave the province," Campbell said. She's chosen to spend the past year in Fredericton and forgo competition, while some of her fellow Team Canada athletes outside the Atlantic Bubble have been able to travel. In a regular karate season, Campbell would often be in a different country for a competition every two weeks, but instead she spent that time training and improving. "Obviously a full 13 months of that is not what I'm used to, but I've been able to work on some stuff that I might not have been able to if I was still travelling every two weeks," Campbell said. Missing family Not all New Brunswick Olympic hopefuls have opted to stay put. Jill Irving of Moncton competes in equestrian, and moved to Florida when the season started there in October. There she's been able to compete in all of her sport's major events and train with teammates. "I felt it was really important to prepare for the next Olympics to be able to be in the ring," Irving said. "Our European counterparts — all their horse shows were shut down, so we were so fortunate that we were able to show here and that we had a regular season." Jill Irving, left, has barely seen her family since travelling to Florida in October.(Submitted by Sydney Sacre) Events in Canada were cancelled as well, but because Irving went to Florida, she feels prepared for the Olympic Games. But it has come at a cost. Other than a quick trip home spent quarantined, followed by a trip to Ontario to see her new grandchild, she has barely been able to see her family. "I have some teammates that we bubbled with really carefully and we cooked together and we did things but we were all lonely," Irving said. Danielle Duplessis of Fredericton feels similarly. Duplessis is a member of the women's wheelchair basketball team, and goes to school in Toronto. Danielle DuPlessis, pictured playing for Team New Brunswick, hopes to make the Paralympic national team.(Radio-Canada) She's been back in Toronto since February after spending the first part of the pandemic in New Brunswick. Since she went back to Toronto she hasn't been able to make her typical trips home. "I would love to go home to New Brunswick at some point to see my people, but that would involve taking full weeks off training and so it's not feasible," Duplessis said. She doesn't think she will get to visit her family until after the Paralympics are over in September. Finding the positive Duplessis believes the extra year of training has helped her prepare for the Paralympics. She's only been playing wheelchair basketball for a few years, so the extra time has helped hone her skills. "I think I've actually really benefited, as funny as it sounds, from the year long delay," Duplessis said. A pedestrian walks past an official Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games banner on the Tokyo metropolitan government building in April.(Yuki Iwamura/Getty Images) Kate Campbell, who has stayed home during the pandemic, used the time in Fredericton to her advantage. She says she has been able to train in a way she couldn't have if she moved somewhere else or travelled for competition. "Given the restrictions and how public health authorities have taken this so seriously, I've actually been able to continue training with my teammate bubble," said Campbell, who hasn't had to deal with the same lockdowns some of her fellow athletes have. She feels she's ready and will have a chance to prove that at the qualification tournament in Paris in June. Duplessis and Irving will find out if they're going to Tokyo that month as well.
LOS ANGELES — Justin Faulk scored 46 seconds into overtime and the St. Louis Blues defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 on Monday night. Tyler Bozak also scored and Jordan Binnington made 26 saves for the Blues, who are locked into the fourth seed in the West Division and will play Colorado or Vegas in the first round of the playoffs. Faulk and David Perron sprung a 2-on-1 rush after Ryan O'Reilly won the opening faceoff in overtime, and Faulk won it with a wrist shot for his seventh goal. Alex Iafallo scored, Calvin Petersen made 17 saves and the Kings wrapped up their home schedule with four straight losses. After two periods of tepid hockey, the Blues and Kings finally started to generate offence in the third. Bozak went five-hole with a backhand to give St. Louis the lead 1:25 into the third. Jaden Schwartz set up Bozak’s fifth goal, and Faulk had the secondary assist, his fifth in the past five games. Iafallo responded with a one-timer from the left circle to tie it at 7:35. Gabriel Vilardi extended his point streak to four games with the assist. He has three goals and two assists in that span, with the 2017 first-round draft pick closing out an erratic first full season in the NHL on a positive note. Drew Doughty nearly won it in regulation for Los Angeles, hitting the post on a power play with 1:09 remaining, but Binnington was able to fall on the loose puck before the Kings could react. GETTING RIGHT Blues defenceman Torey Krug returned after missing five games because of an upper-body injury, and coach Craig Berube indicated several other injured players could get at least one game in before the playoffs start. That group includes forwards Vladimir Tarasenko and Sammy Blais, and defenceman Vince Dunn. Dunn has missed nine games because of an upper-body injury, Blais four games due to an upper-body injury, and Tarasenko four games with a lower-body injury. ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION Blues defenceman Jake Walman did not play after testing positive for COVID-19. General manager Doug Armstrong believes it was a false positive because Walman has been vaccinated and a second test came back negative. Steven Santini replaced Walman in the lineup. UP NEXT Blues: Host the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night. Kings: At the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night. ___ More AP NHL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Dan Greenspan, The Associated Press