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

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New Delhi, Nov 13 (PTI) Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus crisis in India and other parts of the world on Friday.

2:52 p.m.

India's fuel demand posted its first yearly increase since February as a spurt in diesel demand ahead of the festival season pushed consumption to pre-COVID-19 levels.

2:32 p.m.

Singapore has appointed an expert committee to assess the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, and give advice to the government on its vaccine strategy, the Ministry of Health said on Friday.

2:24 p.m.

Actor Gurmeet Choudhary, who recently recovered from coronavirus, decided to extend a helping hand to others by donating his plasma at a hospital here on Friday.

2:01 p.m.

A total of 311 recruits were attested to the Madras Regiment, the oldest Infantry of the Indian Army, at the Madras Regimental Centre (MRC) at nearby Wellington in Nilgiris district on Friday.

2:00 p.m.

Sixty-six Indian nationals, all workers at a construction site in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo, have tested positive for COVID-19, a top health official said on Friday.

1:56 p.m.

The pre-Diwali Dhanteras sale of gold and silver gathered pace in the first half of Friday with traders witnessing demand mostly for coins and lightweight jewellery due to high price of the yellow metal and COVID-19-induced financial distress, jewellers and experts said.

1:37 p.m.

The entire West Indies cricket contingent has cleared the third and final round of COVID-19 test and will be leaving for Queenstown on Friday ahead of the first warm-up match against New Zealand A beginning November 20.

With an aim to increase the capacity of COVID-19 diagnosis in the country, Pakistan in collaboration with the UK has launched a highly advanced robotic mobile laboratory in Islamabad.

1:33 p.m.

People coming to Lucknow from other states, particulary Delhi and its adjoining areas, for Diwali will have to mandatorily undergo COVID-19 test at bus stands, railway stations and the airport, an official said on Friday.

1:11 p.m.

Former Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar has tested positive for the dreaded COVID-19 and is currently in home quarantine, according to a report here.

1:00 p.m.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said the COVID-19 situation in the national capital should come under control in seven to 10 days and that his government is taking several steps in this regard.

The World Health Organisation announced on Friday that it will set up a Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in India, with Prime Minister Narendra expressing confidence that just like the country has emerged as the 'pharmacy of the world', the WHO institution will become the centre for global wellness.

12:00 p.m.

Inhalation of immune system protein may help hospitalised COVID-19 patients recover, says study.

11:47 a.m.

India’s assistance to other nations does not create indebtedness, is without conditionalities and the country’s cooperation is guided by its partners’ development priorities, India told the G-77 annual ministerial meeting, reiterating its commitment to work with developing country partners towards a resilient and sustainable recovery from COVID-19.

Common mutation may make novel coronavirus more vulnerable to vaccine, says study.

11:34 a.m.

'Caution fatigue' may lead to COVID-19 spike, experts warn as crowds increase ahead of Diwali.

10:47 a.m.

Arunachal Pradesh reports 44 new COVID-19 cases and one more death.

10:40 a.m.

Thane district registers 535 new COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths.

10:32 a.m.

India's COVID-19 tally rose to 87.28 lakh with a single-day increase of 44,879 cases, as the death toll reached 1,28,668 after 547 more fatalities were reported in the country in a span of 24 hours.

10:08 a.m.

The COVID-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands mounted to 4,507 as 13 more people tested positive for the infection, a health department official said on Friday.

9:38 a.m.

Telangana reported 997 fresh coronavirus cases taking the tally to 2.56 lakh while three fatalities pushed the toll to 1,397, the state government said.

Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally rose to 1,05,493 as 269 more people tested positive for the infection, a health department official said.

8:35 a.m.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has extended Diwali greetings and said the festival's message carries 'a special significance' this year as the world is responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

7:31 a.m.

Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt on Friday said a potential COVID-19 vaccine, being developed by the University of Queensland, could be available for all Australians in the third quarter of 2021. PTI VIS VIS