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

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New Delhi, Mar 26 (PTI) Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus crisis in India and other parts of the world on Friday.

12:27 p.m.

Telangana continued to witness an upward trend in COVID-19 cases with 518 new infections being reported, a record high this year, taking the tally to 3,05,309, while the death toll rose to 1,683 with three more fatalities, the state government said on Friday.

12:16 p.m.

There is so far no evidence that the second wave of COVID-19 in the country is due to variants of the virus, but it is possible, said noted virologist Shahid Jameel.

11:48 a.m.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed officials that coronavirus testing facilities should be set up at railway stations, bus depots and airports in the state in view of greater movement of people for the Holi festival.

Ten patients died after a fire broke out at a Mumbai mall hospital where coronavirus patients were being treated, a fire brigade official said on Friday.

11:29 a.m.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has come under severe criticism from both the opposition and the public for holding an in-person meeting with his media team despite being infected with the novel coronavirus, according to a media report on Friday.

11:15 a.m.

The Croatian Shooting Federation has expressed gratitude towards the Indian authorities for taking care of their top shooter Peter Gorsa after he tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the ongoing ISSF World Cup.

10:58 a.m.

The Chhattisgarh government has increased from Rs 100 to Rs 500 the amount of penalty for not wearing face mask, to ensure strict implementation of the coronavirus guidelines, an official said on Friday.

10:47 a.m.

PM Narendra Modi arrives in Bangladesh on his first foreign trip since COVID-19 outbreak.

10:32 a.m.

India saw 59,118 new coronavirus infections in a day, the highest single day rise so far this year, taking the nationwide COVID-19 tally to 1,18,46,652, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.

10:15 a.m.

Six more persons, including a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram, taking the state's caseload to 4,460, an official said Friday.

9:25 a.m.

A total of 3,318 new coronavirus cases were reported in Thane district of Maharashtra, which pushed its caseload to 2,99,341, an official said on Friday.

9:10 a.m.

One new COVID-19 case was reported in Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the last 24 hours, pushing the coronavirus tally in the union territory to 5,042, a health department official said on Friday.

8:41 a.m.

The 200,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, announced as a gift by India, will be sent to the UN peacekeepers on March 27 and then will be distributed to the peacekeeping missions.

6:46 a.m.

Internationally renowned research scientist Professor Salim Abdool Karrim has stepped down as co-chair of the South African government’s COVID-19 advisory committee, after serving in the position for a year. PTI VIS VIS