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

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New Delhi, Jan 9 (PTI) Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus crisis in India and other parts of the world on Saturday.

12:15 p.m.

China is ready to receive a WHO expert team to probe the origin of COVID-19 and has reached a consensus with the UN's top health agency, a senior Chinese official said on Saturday, but gave no specific timeline for the visit.

11:53 a.m.

Beijing has gone on an alert mode following a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases in the neighbouring Hebei province while China has administered nine million coronavirus vaccines so far in a stepped-up nationwide drive to contain the virus.

11:47 a.m.

The Kerala lottery department has made unprecedented gains in the weekly ticket sales in the state overcoming the crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, as the sales soar in the last few months.

11:45 a.m.

India is ready with two made-in-India vaccines for the protection of humanity and the world is not only waiting for them but also watching as to how the country runs the globe's biggest vaccination programme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday.

11:33 a.m.

India's fiscal deficit is expected to be around 7.5 per cent of the GDP for the current fiscal owing to moderation in revenue collection due to the COVID-19 crisis, experts said.

11:22 a.m.

India will witness its first major cricket tournament in the country since the COVID-19 disruption when the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy begins the much-delayed domestic season from Sunday, presenting a platform for the hopefuls to impress before IPL auctions.

11:13 a.m.

The total coronavirus cases in India mounted to 1,04,31,639 and the death toll climbed to 1,50,798 with the novel coronavirus virus claiming 228 lives in a span of 24 hours in the country, the data updated at 8 am showed.

The spas, ayurvedic resorts and other such facilities in Kerala, which were closed months ago due to COVID-19 pandemic, are all set to welcome visitors again as the state government has issued orders for reopening them by adhering to safety norms.

10:32 a.m.

Arunachal Pradesh reports seven fresh COVID-19 cases as tally rises to 16,764.

10:05 a.m.

The COVID-19 caseload in Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 4,959 as one more person has tested positive for the disease in the Union Territory, a health department official said on Saturday.

10:01 a.m.

Thane district reports 478 new COVID-19 cases and eight deaths.

9:26 a.m.

Jharkhand reports 207 new COVID-19 cases and two more deaths. PTI VIS VIS