Coronavirus: Latest updates on COVID-19 crisis around the world

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New Delhi, Dec 18 (PTI) Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus crisis in India and other parts of the world on Friday.

12:03 p.m.

SC directs states to carry out fire safety audit of dedicated COVID-19 hospitals.

11:24 a.m.

Puducherry adds 50 new COVID-19 cases as one death pushes toll to 623.

11:15 a.m.

60 US lawmakers urge Biden to extend work authorisations to spouses of H-1B visa holders.

11:11 a.m.

Cricket Australia on Friday asserted that the third Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against India is not threatened by a fresh COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney even though the situation is being closely monitored.

11:09 a.m.

Congressman Cedric Richmond, a close adviser to President-elect Joe Biden, has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the transition team.

10:51 a.m.

Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally rose to 16,603 as 29 more people, including four security personnel, tested positive for the infection, a health department official said on Friday.

10:22 a.m.

India's COVID-19 caseload rose to 99.79 lakh with 22,890 new infections being reported in a day, while total recoveries crossed the 95 lakh-mark, according to the Union Health Ministry's data updated on Friday.

10:18 a.m.

Nine more people including three Border Security Force (BSF) jawans have tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram, pushing the state's tally to 4,094, an official said on Friday.

With 338 more fatalities, the death toll due to the novel coronavirus in India reached 1,44,789, while the total COVID-19 cases mounted to 99,79,447, the data updated at 8 am showed.

9:46 a.m.

Thane district records 331 new COVID-19 cases and seven more deaths.

Ten more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, raising the tally in the Union Territory to 4,860, a health department official said on Friday.

9:24 a.m.

Jharkhand reports 211 new COVID-19 cases and three more deaths.

9:13 a.m.

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