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

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Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus crisis in India and other parts of the world on Friday.

2:01 p.m.

IndiGo will resume direct flights on Kolkata-Shillong route from February 1.

1:38 p.m.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao would hold a meeting with Ministers, District Collectors, and other officials on January 11 on crucial issues, including finalization of an action plan on the distribution of COVID-19 vaccine and resuming classes in educational institutions in the state.

1:07 p.m.

The steady fall in the number of fresh COVID-19 cases in the country has ensured the contraction of its active caseload, which stands at 2,25,449 as on date and accounts for only 2.16 per cent of the total infections, the health ministry said on Friday.

12:44 p.m.

India will be able to vaccinate entire population against COVID-19 soon, says Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan.

12:37 p.m.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur arrived here on Friday to review the situation amid a bird flu scare as the number of dead migratory birds at the Pong wildlife sanctuary in Kangra district reached 3,409 the previous day.

12:25 p.m.

Three new cases take Mizoram’s COVID-19 tally to 4,259.

Cutting COVID-19 infectious period even by one day could prevent millions of cases, study says.

12:07 p.m.

Australia PM announces new travel restrictions as Brisbane enters a 3-day lockdown over UK variant infection.

11:37 a.m.

Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar on Friday said the state is expected to receive 13,90,000 vials of the vaccine against COVID-19 in a day or two.

11:31 a.m.

Four more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, taking the tally in the state to 16,757, a health department official said on Friday.

10:56 a.m.

Telangana recorded 346 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the total positives to over 2.89 lakh while two fatalities pushed the toll to 1,561, the state government said on Friday.

10:49 a.m.

Jharkhand’s COVID-19 tally mounted to 1,16,229 as 195 more people tested positive for the infection, a health department official said on Friday.

10:38 a.m.

Bharat Biotech to begin Phase-1 trials of its intranasal vaccine for COVID-19 in Feb-March.

10:30 a.m.

A new three-day lockdown in Brisbane has put Cricket Australia in a spot of bother as it makes desperate efforts to hold the fourth and final Test against India in the Queensland state capital from January 15.

10:22 a.m.

A second dry run for the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out in Delhi is being conducted across several districts of the national capital on Friday, officials said.

A total of 18,139 new infections were reported in a day, while the death toll increased to 1,50,570 as 234 more people succumbed to the disease during the same period, the data updated at 8 am showed.

10:04 a.m.

After managing to flatten the Covid-19 curve within months of reporting the country’s first coronavirus case last year, Kerala is now grappling with a sharp surge in its daily infections, prompting the Centre to send a high-level team to assist it.

10:01 a.m.

BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis has asked the MVA government in Maharashtra to seek the assistance of the Centre to provide free COVID-19 vaccine in the state to the poor and the middle-class.

9:31 a.m.

Thane district records 452 new COVID-19 cases and six deaths.

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