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.

2:57 p.m.

The Delhi High Court Wednesday refused to interfere with AAP government's decision to ban Chhath Puja celebrations at public places like ponds and riverbanks in the city due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2:53 p.m.

The country's apex health research body, ICMR, has issued an advisory stating that indiscriminate use of convalescent plasma therapy (CPT) in coronavirus infected patients is not advisable.

2:37 p.m.

Using lab-grown lung tissue, scientists have pinpointed how smoking cigarettes facilitates more severe lung infection by the novel coronavirus.

2:01 p.m.

As many as 45 doctors and 160 paramedics of the paramilitary forces have arrived in Delhi for deployment on COVID-19 duties while the Railways will make available coaches with 800 beds at a station here to be used as COVID care-cum-isolation facilities, the MHA said on Wednesday.

1:58 p.m.

After around eight months of COVID-19 enforced break, the Vidarbha Ranji Trophy probables will starting training once again, starting this week.

'Killing Eve' star Jodie Comer and 'The Irishman' actor Stephen Graham are in the final stages of signing a drama set in a UK care home during the coronavirus pandemic.

1:46 p.m.

Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal has approved the AAP government's proposal to allow only 50 people to attend wedding functions in the national capital, officials said on Wednesday.

1:33 p.m.

Veteran singer-songwriter Dolly Parton, who is one of the donors of the new Moderna vaccine for coronavirus, says she is 'grateful' that their efforts are beginning to bear fruit.

The Delhi High Court Wednesday refused to interfere with Delhi government's decision to ban Chhath Puja celebrations at public places like ponds and riverbanks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

1:21 p.m.

Protein-based COVID vaccine candidates more suitable for India, scientists say.

1:10 p.m.

A sero survey conducted in Kashmir has found that two out of every five people in the valley have developed antibodies against the coronavirus.

1:06 p.m.

Vice-president of All India Muslim Personal Law Board and prominent Muslim cleric Maulana Kalbe Sadiq is in a serious condition at a hospital here, according to his family.

1:05 p.m.

Pakistan has earmarked USD 100 million for advance payment to procure the coronavirus vaccine as and when it is available, as the number of COVID-19 cases in the country reached 3,63,380 on Wednesday.

1:04 p.m.

The number of Haj pilgrims from the state will be halved next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a senior member of the West Bengal State Haj Committee said 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.

11:06 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.

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.

9:10 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.

8:53 a.m.

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