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

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New Delhi, Apr 2 (PTI) Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus crisis in India and other parts of the world on Friday.

3:25 p.m.

Good Friday, that marks the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, was observed in the Christian- dominated state of Nagaland with people fasting, and attending special services in churches by following COVID-19 safety norms.

3:22 p.m.

Eateries, bars and restaurants in Pune district of Maharashtra will remain shut for seven days starting April 3 in view of a substantial rise in coronavirus cases of late, a senior official said on Friday.

3:20 p.m.

The Uttar Pradesh government on Friday extended to April 11 the closure of all schools for students up to Class 8, amid a spike in coronavirus cases in the state, according to an official.

2:45 p.m.

Scientists have predicted using a mathematical model that the ongoing second-wave of COVID-19 pandemic across the country could peak by mid-April, following which the infections may see a steep decline by the end of May.

2:42 p.m.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday self isolated after her husband Robert Vadra tested positive for COVID-19.

2:36 p.m.

The Madhya Pradesh government has placed urban areas of Chhindwara district and Ratlam city under lockdown, while it will come into force in Betul district and parts of Khargone from Friday night to prevent the spread of coronavirus, officials said.

2:31 p.m.

Actor-host Malaika Arora on Friday received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

2:19 p.m.

Odisha's COVID-19 tally surged to 3,41,772 on Friday as 461 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said.

1:50 p.m.

A senior police officer, who took his second coronavirus vaccine dose last month, and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19.

1:45 p.m.

Cinema, retail and shopping industries have just begun their recovery process and won't be able to bear another shutdown, according to industry associations who have urged Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to not impose a lockdown in Maharashtra where COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

The health official who had given a COVID-19 vaccine to Karnataka Agriculture Minister B C Patil and his wife at their residence in violation of vaccination norms has been suspended.

1:33 p.m.

The administration in Chhattisgarh's Durg district on Friday announced a complete lockdown from April 6 to 14, in light of the spike in COVID-19 cases in the region, an official said.

1:22 p.m.

More than 36.7 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours, the highest single-day coverage till now, the Union Health ministry said on Friday.

1:02 p.m.

Pakistan reported more than 5,000 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the highest single day spike since June last year, the health ministry said on Friday.

12:40 p.m.

With distance, ephemerality and memory as the key themes, Kolkata-based gallery Experimenter’s show at the ongoing 14th edition Art Dubai is an ode to the act of living through a pandemic.

12:10 p.m.

Former India captain and batting icon Sachin Tendulkar has been hospitalised as a precautionary measure, six days after he tested positive for COVID-19.

11:50 a.m.

Puducherry reported 213 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours while one more patient succumbed to the virus pushing the toll to 684, a top Health department official said on Friday.

11:32 a.m.

The expert panel of India's drug regulator, DCGI, has permitted Bharat Biotech to give a third dose of Covaxin to a few volunteers in its clinical trials of the COVID-19 vaccine, sources said.

11:26 a.m.

Sri Lanka has temporarily halted its COVID-19 vaccination programme as there was a delay in securing more AstraZeneca vaccines from the Serum Institute of India, a top health minister has said.

10:55 a.m.

Vice President Kamala Harris has applauded Surgeon General Vivek Murthy for his tireless efforts in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic that has battered the country.

10:47 a.m.

India recorded the highest single-day rise in coronavirus cases in six months with 81,466 new infections in a span of 24 hours, taking the COVID-19 tally of cases to 1,23,03,131, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.

10:23 a.m.

The COVID-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 5,084 on Friday as one more person tested positive for the infection, a health official said.

10:13 a.m.

Eight people tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram on Friday, making it the highest single-day spike in cases in over two months, an official said.

10:10 a.m.

Telangana recorded 965 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single day spike so far this year, pushing the tally to over 3.08 lakh, while the death toll rose to 1,706 with five more fatalities, the state government said on Friday.

10:00 a.m.

G S Krishnan, formerly regional president & MD, Novozymes South Asia Pvt Ltd, a Danish biotech company, has taken charge as the new President of India's leading biotechnology industry organisation, the Association of Biotechnology-Led Enterprises (ABLE).

9:20 a.m.

With the addition of 4,350 coronavirus cases, the infection count in Thane district of Maharashtra has mounted to 3,23,661,an official said on Friday. PTI VIS VIS