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

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New Delhi, Mar 19 (PTI) Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus crisis in India and other parts of the world on Friday.

12:17 p.m.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Thursday said nearly 4.40 lakh people have so far been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the Union Territory with no reported case of extreme adverse events.

11:35 a.m.

The country's largest lender State Bank of India has seen a perceptible increase in the number transactions happening at its multiple digital channels, with the percentage moving from 60 per cent in the pre-pandemic period to 67 per cent currently, Chairman Dinesh Khara said.

11:19 a.m.

Sindh-born Kamla Das, who turned 100 during the height of the pandemic in Delhi last September, got her first shot of COVID-19 vaccine in the city, her daughter said.

11:08 a.m.

COVID-19 patients above 65 years of age are more prone to reinfection, says study.

10:44 a.m.

A top international shooter has tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the ISSF World Cup here and is currently in isolation at a hospital.

10:34 a.m.

Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 caseload rose to 16,842 as one more person tested positive for the virus, a senior health department official said here on Friday.

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, who completes two years in office on Friday, thanked the people of the state for supporting his government during COVID-19 pandemic.

10:23 a.m.

India saw 39,726 new coronavirus infections being reported in a day, the highest single day rise recorded so far this year, taking the nationwide COVID-19 tally of cases to 1,15,14,331, while the death toll increased to 1,59,370 with 154 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

9:57 a.m.

Five powerful Democratic senators on Thursday urged President Joe Biden to rescind his predecessor Donald Trump’s ban on some non-immigrant visas, including the H-1B visa which is popular among Indian IT professionals, saying this creates uncertainties for US employers, their foreign-born professional workers and their families.

9:49 a.m.

India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti has virtually called on US President Joe Biden and underlined India’s commitment to reformed multilateralism, counterterrorism, UN peacekeeping and assistance provided to nations amid the pandemic through shipments of COVID-19 vaccines.

9:19 a.m.

The coronavirus tally in Thane district of Maharashtra rose to 2,82,368 with the addition of 1,636 new cases, an official said on Friday.

9:15 a.m.

One more person tested positive for COVID-19 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, pushing the tally in the union territory to 5,036, a health department official said on Friday. PTI VIS VIS