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

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New Delhi, Nov 12 (PTI) Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus crisis in India and other parts of the world on Thursday.

2:58 p.m.

Study shows why masks with exhalation valves do not slow COVID-19 spread.

2:45 p.m.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharman on Thursday announced a Rs 900 crore grant to the Department of Biotechnology for COVID-19 vaccine research.

2:38 p.m.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday announced a new job creation scheme by giving subsidy to those establishments that make new hires.

The UK has become the first country in Europe to cross the grim milestone of 50,000 COVID-19 related deaths as Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, “we mourn everybody who’s gone”.

2:33 p.m.

The Delhi High Court Thursday allowed the AAP government to reserve 80 per cent of ICU beds for COVID-19 patients in 33 private hospitals, saying the situation in the national capital is fairly dynamic and cases of coronavirus are spiralling.

2:30 p.m.

The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday cancelled its order allowing social, political, religious and cultural events from November 16 permitting participation of a maximum of 100 people.

2:17 p.m.

Moody's Investors Service on Thursday revised upwards its GDP forecasts for India to (-) 8.9 per cent contraction in the 2020 calendar year, as the economy reflates after a long and strict nationwide lockdown but said the recovery is patchy.

2:10 p.m.

Many traditions have flown out of the window this year but this one stays steadfast - saying it with gifts in the festival of lights and tweaking it too in keeping with the pandemic times to include mask sets, immunity boosting food hampers, and even portable UV disinfection chambers.

1:58 p.m.

US President-elect Joe Biden has tapped veteran political operative Ron Klain as Chief of Staff, elevating his 'invaluable' longtime aide to one of the most powerful positions in the White House.

1:50 p.m.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday said the Indian economy is witnessing a strong recovery after a long and strict lockdown.

1:19 p.m.

The Congress-ruled Puducherry on Thursday rolled out a free breakfast scheme for school students named after the late DMK President M Karunanidhi, saying it was a 'fitting tribute' to his efforts to ensure States' rights.

12:26 p.m.

The just-concluded 13th Indian Premier League saw a record-breaking 28 per cent increase in viewership compared to the last edition, the tournament in the UAE providing welcome relief to a world scarred by the COVID-19 pandemic.

12:15 p.m.

Odisha reports 986 new COVID-19 cases and 14 more fatalities.

11:54 a.m.

Passengers crowded local trains during the peak hours on Thursday morning -- the second day after suburban railway services resumed in Bengal -- with little or no regard for COVID-19 safety protocols.

11:46 a.m.

Smell and taste changes provide early indication of COVID-19 community spread, study says.

11:29 a.m.

Days after seeking the views of parents, Tamil Nadu government on Thursday reversed its move to reopen schools from November 16 for classes 9-12 and said they shall continue to remain closed.

11:18 a.m.

Zydus Cadila completes phase 2 clinical trial in COVID-19 patients with biological therapy PegiHep.

Puducherry added 66 fresh coronavirus infections and two related deaths on Thursday, pushing the overall tally to 36,179.

11:09 a.m.

The Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Thursday announced the completion of enrolment of phase-3 clinical trials for potential COVID-19 vaccine Covishield in India.

10:56 a.m.

Serum Institute of India (SII) and ICMR on Thursday announced the completion of enrolment process of 1,600 participants in the phase-III clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccine Covishield in the country.

10:48 a.m.

India saw a single-day increase of 47,905 infections taking the country's COVID-19 caseload to 86,83,916, as the death toll climbed to 1,28,121 with 550 new fatalities.

10:18 a.m.

Arunachal Pradesh's COVID-19 tally rose to 15,657 on Thursday as 76 more people, including five security personnel, tested positive for the infection, a senior health official said.

10:11 a.m.

Union minister Smriti Irani on Thursday said she has tested negative for COVID-19.

9:53 a.m.

BJP MLA from Salt in Almora district, Surendra Singh Jeena, who was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at a hospital in New Delhi, died early Thursday, a party leader said.

9:00 a.m.

The COVID-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 4,494 on Thursday as 17 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said.

8:45 a.m.

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