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

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

12:13 p.m.

Odisha's COVID-19 caseload mounted to 3,10,920 on Wednesday as 868 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said.

11:23 a.m.

Gautam Buddh Nagar health officials were on Wednesday deployed at two key Noida-Delhi borders where they started random COVID-19 testing of people coming from the national capital.

11:19 a.m.

Meghalaya Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui on Wednesday said the state school board has decided not to hold selection tests for students scheduled to write class 10 and 12 examinations next year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

11:09 a.m.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has reached out to the US corporate sector for investments, highlighting the industry- and investor-friendly policies of the state.

11:06 a.m.

No fresh coronavirus related deaths were reported in Puducherry for the fifth consecutive day on Wednesday.

10:37 a.m.

The rupee opened on a flat note and was trading in a narrow range against the US dollar in opening session on Wednesday as rising COVID-19 cases in the US and Europe offset positive sentiments surrounding the progress on the vaccine front.

10:34 a.m.

India's COVID-19 caseload went past 89 lakh, with 38,617 infections being reported in a day while the death toll climbed to 1,30,993 with 474 new fatalities according to the Union Health Ministry data.

10:28 a.m.

Drug major Cipla on Wednesday said it signed a licensing agreement with a Belgium-based MultiG for the distribution of their COVID-19 rapid antibody test kit, across most emerging markets and Europe.

The COVID-19 pandemic has not prevented some countries from supporting cross-border terrorism and spreading religious hatred, India has said at the UN, in an apparent reference to Pakistan, asserting that the United Nations must speak decisively and not take sides among religions or justify terrorism in any way.

10:22 a.m.

Arunachal Pradesh registers 36 new coronavirus cases, including three healthcare workers, pushing the tally to 15,904.

10:21 a.m.

Bengaluru's COVID-19 case fatality rate (1.1 per cent) is the lowest among all major cities in the country, Karnataka Health Minister Sudhakar K said.

10:13 a.m.

Chinese COVID-19 vaccine candidate appears safe, induces immune response, preliminary study finds.

9:34 a.m.

Seventeen more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, pushing the union territory's coronavirus caseload to 4,574, a health official said.

9:27 a.m.

Fast bowler Andrew Tye on Wednesday replaced Kane Richardson in Australia's squad for the upcoming ODI and T20 series against India after the latter decided to be with his family in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

9:10 a.m.

Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally mounted to 1,06,491 as 261 more people tested positive for the infection, a health department official said on Wednesday.

8:55 a.m.

The Mumbai civic body has put restrictions on mass celebration of Chhath Puja at beaches, river banks and other natural water bodies in the city in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and asked devotees to avoid crowding.

8:53 a.m.

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