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

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New Delhi, Nov 20 (PTI) Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus crisis in India and other parts of the world on Friday.

3:15 p.m.

Amid COVID-19 restrictions, Tungabhadra Pushkaralu began on Friday in Telangana with ministers A Indrakaran Reddy, S Niranjan Reddy and V Srinivas Goud taking a dip in the river in Alampur Jogulamba-Gadwal district.

3:09 p.m.

President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday expressed optimism that the international community was very close to finding a solution to the coronavirus pandemic and will emerge stronger and more resilient from the crisis.

2:50 p.m.

Haryana health minister Anil Vij gets trial dose of indigenous vaccine Covaxin.

2:47 p.m.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday announced that schools in the city will remain closed till December 31, a change from the earlier decision to reopen them from November 23, as the metropolis witnesses an upward trend in COVID-19 cases.

Smartwatches could help detect COVID-19 before symptoms appear, study says.

In the wake of the recent spurt in coronavirus infection in the national capital, the Bareilly administration, in a bid to shield the district from a similar fate, has deployed mobile vans at its borders to test all those coming here from Delhi.

2:39 p.m.

The local authorities in Maharashtra will take a decision on reopening schools in their respective areas after assessing the coronavirus situation there, state School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad said on Friday.

Odisha reports 757 new COVID-19 cases and 16 more deaths.

2:19 p.m.

As Ahmedabad city prepares for a 57-hour-long curfew following a spike in cases, the Gujarat government on Friday ruled out a fresh statewide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus.

2:06 p.m.

Centre contemplating sending high-level teams to states and UTs reporting rise in COVID-19 cases.

1:54 p.m.

Amid a surge in coronavirus cases in the national capital, a door-to-door survey for identifying and testing people symptomatic for COVID-19 in containment and densely packed areas of New Delhi commenced on Friday.

1:43 p.m.

The gradual reduction in the number of new COVID-19 cases and the positivity rate is a 'clear indicator' that the spread of the virus is decreasing in the national capital, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Friday.

1:38 p.m.

'The Good Doctor' star Richard Schiff, who was recently diagnosed with coronavirus, has been discharged from hospital.

1:05 p.m.

The gradual reduction in the number of new COVID-19 cases and the positivity rate is a 'clear indicator' that the spread of the virus is decreasing in the national capital, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Friday.

12:56 p.m.

The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has set up several makeshift ghats in water bodies across the city for members of the Bihari community to perform the Chhath Puja ritual.

12:50 p.m.

The winter session of the Odisha assembly began on Friday amid strict adherence to the COVID-19 guidelines, and was adjourned for half-a-day after obituary references to former members, and frontline worker who lost their lives fighting the pandemic. 12:08 p.m.

Puducherry logs 54 new coronavirus cases while no fresh fatality is reported.

11:41 a.m.

More than 50,000 Ayushman Bharat-Health and Wellness Centres (AB-HWCs), which aim at providing primary health care services to communities closer to their homes, are now operational across the country and have witnessed over 28.10 crore footfalls, the Health ministry says.

11:08 a.m.

At least 28 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram in the last 24 hours, taking the state's tally to 3,541, an official statement says.

10:53 a.m.

COVID-19 patients likely to be most infectious during first week after symptom onset, says study.

10:44 a.m.

COVID-19 caseload in India breaches 90-lakh mark, Union Health Ministry data says.

10:31 a.m.

Thane district registers 795 new COVID-19 cases and 14 deaths.

10:20 a.m.

As many as 85 patients recover from COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh while 31 fresh cases are reported.

9:41 a.m.

Andaman & Nicobar Islands reports 19 new COVID-19 cases as UT's tally rises to 4,604.

9:20 a.m.

As many as 230 new COVID-19 cases reported in Jharkhand.

8:24 a.m.

While Australian state of Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales have recorded no new COVID-19 cases, South Australia is facing a strict lockdown after a cluster of 22 cases was identified this week.

8:00 a.m.

While Australian state of Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales have recorded no new COVID-19 cases, South Australia is facing a strict lockdown after a cluster of 22 cases was identified this week. PTI VIS VIS