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China’s economy slows due to power shortage, supply disruptions, Covid-19

Latest government data shows China’s economy grew at less than 5% in the third quarter of this year as it faces multiple woes: power shortage, global supply chain disruptions, and Covid-19 outbreaks
Commercial office buildings under construction in Tongzhou, outskirts of Beijing, China. China’s economy is losing steam as a result of multiple woes, including power shortages and fresh Covid-19 outbreaks. (AP)
Commercial office buildings under construction in Tongzhou, outskirts of Beijing, China. China’s economy is losing steam as a result of multiple woes, including power shortages and fresh Covid-19 outbreaks. (AP)
Published on Oct 18, 2021 12:59 PM IST
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News updates from HT: Chidambaram slams Goa govt's clean chit to itself

Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Congress leader P Chidambaram.(ANI)
Congress leader P Chidambaram.(ANI)
Published on Oct 18, 2021 12:57 PM IST
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India records 13,596 new Covid-19 cases; lowest single-day tally in 230 days

As many as 166 patients died and 19,582 recovered from the viral disease in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative count of deaths and recoveries to 452,290 and 33,439,331, respectively.
The Covid-19 recovery rate has further surged to 98.12%, the highest since March last year.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
The Covid-19 recovery rate has further surged to 98.12%, the highest since March last year.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 18, 2021 10:15 AM IST
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Pooja Bedi tests Covid-19 positive: ‘Not taking vaccine was a choice I took’

  •  Assuring fans that she is following all precautions required, Pooja Bedi says that her “natural immunity” will fight with the coronavirus. 
Pooja Bedi tested positive for Covid-19.
Pooja Bedi tested positive for Covid-19.
Published on Oct 18, 2021 09:36 AM IST
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Merck Covid-19 pill sparks calls for access for lower income countries

Citing an example, international health groups said that only about 5% of Africa’s population is immunised, creating an ‘urgent’ need for therapeutics that could keep people out of hospitals.
FILE PHOTO: A logo of drugs and chemicals group Merck KGaA is pictured in Darmstadt, Germany. (REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski)
FILE PHOTO: A logo of drugs and chemicals group Merck KGaA is pictured in Darmstadt, Germany. (REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski)
Published on Oct 18, 2021 08:58 AM IST
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Barcelona has high hopes for the return of mass tourism

  • The consequences of months without tourists are painfully obvious across Barcelona: A number of stores have even gone out of business on one of the city's most important tourist streets.
Barcelona has high hopes for the return of mass tourism(Jonas Martiny/DW)
Barcelona has high hopes for the return of mass tourism(Jonas Martiny/DW)
Published on Oct 18, 2021 08:36 AM IST
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Maharashtra may lift more restrictions if Covid-19 stays contained after Diwali

Maharashtra recorded 1,715 fresh Covid-19 infections on Sunday, pushing the overall count to 6,591,697. The number of active cases have further reduced with 2,680 recoveries reported in the past 24 hours
New Covid-19 cases continue to decline in Maharashtra. (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
New Covid-19 cases continue to decline in Maharashtra. (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 18, 2021 08:34 AM IST
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Domestic flights to operate at full capacity from today

  • The second wave of the Covid-19 restrictions had forced the airlines to limit domestic flight operations to 50% of their capacity in June.
The revision in passengers' capacity has been welcomed by the major carriers of the country.(REUTERS)
The revision in passengers' capacity has been welcomed by the major carriers of the country.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 18, 2021 08:44 AM IST
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India’s active Covid cases fall below 200k for the first time in seven months

  • As of Sunday night, there were a total of 197,573 active cases across the country, the lowest such caseload recorded in India since in March 10, 2020, when the second wave was just kicking off.
The number of active cases right now is a drop of more than 95% from the peak of the country’s brutal second wave of infections when it touched 3.75 million on May 9.(Reuters File Photo )
The number of active cases right now is a drop of more than 95% from the peak of the country’s brutal second wave of infections when it touched 3.75 million on May 9.(Reuters File Photo )
Published on Oct 18, 2021 01:32 AM IST
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By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Migrants who left Delhi in second Covid-19 wave returning

  • VAT collections, too, reflect a similar trend. They went down from 417.01 crore in April to 358.17 crore in May and further down to 207.35 crore in June.
Going by Census 2011 data, around 40% of the 7.2 million are also believed to be migrants from other states who have settled in Delhi over time and got ration cards registered here.
Going by Census 2011 data, around 40% of the 7.2 million are also believed to be migrants from other states who have settled in Delhi over time and got ration cards registered here.
Updated on Oct 18, 2021 06:19 AM IST
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By Abhishek Dey, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Hike in taxes after Covid increases Andhra Pradesh revenue

Amaravati: The various taxes and levies, hiked in the name of Covid-19 last year, seem to be paying off as the Andhra Pradesh government earned an extra 12,052
Hike in taxes after Covid increases Andhra Pradesh revenue
Hike in taxes after Covid increases Andhra Pradesh revenue
Published on Oct 18, 2021 12:50 AM IST
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Covid-19: 10 new cases, no death in past 24 hours in Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh reported zero death and 10 fresh cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, according to the data shared by the state health department on Sunday
A beneficiary taking Covid jab in Lucknow. (HT FILE PHOTO)
A beneficiary taking Covid jab in Lucknow. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Oct 18, 2021 12:42 AM IST
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Jaishankar urges Israel businesses to focus on India

Speaking at the India-Israel Business Roundtable soon after his arrival in Israel on his maiden visit, Jaishankar said there is an enormous effort of change happening in India since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office and people have heard bits and pieces of that change
:nion External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar is greeted by the officials on his arrival in Israel. (PTI)
:nion External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar is greeted by the officials on his arrival in Israel. (PTI)
Updated on Oct 18, 2021 12:34 AM IST
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Unutilised vaccines with states doubled since Sept: Govt data

  • The increase in vaccine supplies has been attributed to an increase in overall vaccine production and improved logistical arrangements in the country.
As per the data, a week ago there were at least 80 million doses available at any given point, which at the beginning of the month was about 50 million.(Reuters)
As per the data, a week ago there were at least 80 million doses available at any given point, which at the beginning of the month was about 50 million.(Reuters)
Updated on Oct 18, 2021 05:40 AM IST
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By Rhythma Kaul, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Melbourne gears up to lift lengthy Covid lockdown

  • Australian and other media say this is the longest in the world - exceeding a 234-day lockdown in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
While coronavirus cases keep rising in Victoria state, of which Melbourne is the capital, the state’s double-vaccination rate is set to reach 70% this week, allowing for the ease in restrictions.(REUTERS)
While coronavirus cases keep rising in Victoria state, of which Melbourne is the capital, the state’s double-vaccination rate is set to reach 70% this week, allowing for the ease in restrictions.(REUTERS)
Published on Oct 18, 2021 12:24 AM IST
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W.H.O. to meet on oct 26 to decide on emergency use of Covaxin

Experts of the World Health Organization will meet on October 26 to decide whether to grant emergency use listing to Bharat Biotech’s Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin, the UN health body announced on Sunday
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Published on Oct 18, 2021 12:19 AM IST
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Decision on entry of partially vaccinated people to Mumbai trains after Diwali: Tope

Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope said people of the state are facing hardships owing to the current norm of 12-16 weeks’ gap between two shots of Covid-19 vaccines.
Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Published on Oct 17, 2021 11:34 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

These 7 states, UTs vaccinated entire adult population with 1st Covid-19 dose

Himachal Pradesh had become the first Indian state or UT to have achieved the feat in August, followed by Goa in September. Both the states were lauded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for their achievements.
India has surpassed the 97 crore-mark in inoculating Covid-19 jabs to eligible beneficiaries.
India has surpassed the 97 crore-mark in inoculating Covid-19 jabs to eligible beneficiaries.
Published on Oct 17, 2021 11:18 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Anthony Fauci says US may mix and match Covid vaccines for booster dose

  • Anthony Fauci’s comment comes after a second dose of the J&J vaccine was recommended by the Food and Drug Administration 
Anthony Fauci also said individuals will have the freedom to choose which booster shot they would like to go for.(AP)
Anthony Fauci also said individuals will have the freedom to choose which booster shot they would like to go for.(AP)
Published on Oct 17, 2021 11:08 PM IST
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By hindustantimes.com | Written by Ayshee Bhaduri | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Bihar scales up Covid-19 vaccination, 3 mega camps before Chhath Puja

The Bihar health department doesn’t want to slacken either its vaccination or testing tempo during the festival months of October and November. Bihar has set a target to vaccinate most of its 7.34 crore adult target population by December 31.
A reasonable 17% (1,44,876 doses) of the state’s 854,979 Covid-19 shots between October 11 and 15 were administered at puja pandals. The Bihar health department had tasked district magistrates and civil surgeons to set up special vaccination camps at major puja pandals in their respective districts. (HT PHOTO.)
A reasonable 17% (1,44,876 doses) of the state’s 854,979 Covid-19 shots between October 11 and 15 were administered at puja pandals. The Bihar health department had tasked district magistrates and civil surgeons to set up special vaccination camps at major puja pandals in their respective districts. (HT PHOTO.)
Published on Oct 17, 2021 10:50 PM IST
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The Week Ahead: Mumbai gears up to reopen colleges and cinemas; ICC Men’s T20 World Cup begins

Mumbai On the back of zero Covid-19 deaths in Mumbai on Sunday October 17, the city is gearing up for another round of unlocking this week – with colleges, universities, cinema halls and auditoriums reopening after 18 months of brick-and-mortar inactivity
Security staff checks temperature of a student after schools reopen with all Covid-19 protocols in place in Mumbai on October 04. (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
Security staff checks temperature of a student after schools reopen with all Covid-19 protocols in place in Mumbai on October 04. (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 17, 2021 10:46 PM IST
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WHO to meet on Oct 26 to consider Covaxin's emergency listing

  • With this recent development, India can now expect the Emergency Use approval for Covaxin by the last week of October.
On October 5, the world health body extended giving the EUL to Covaxin by a week. (File photo)
On October 5, the world health body extended giving the EUL to Covaxin by a week. (File photo)
Updated on Oct 17, 2021 10:50 PM IST
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Written by Shubhangi Gupta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Covid-19 vaccination for children depends on supply situation: VK Paul

Niti Aayog member (health) VK Paul said that the preparation for incorporating Zydus Cadila’s Covid-19 vaccine – ZyCoV-D, approved for emergency use in people aged 12 and above, is “proceeding well.”
Niti Aayog member (health) VK Paul cautioned against the loosening of guard against Covid-19, saying it will not be fair to say that the “worst is over
Niti Aayog member (health) VK Paul cautioned against the loosening of guard against Covid-19, saying it will not be fair to say that the “worst is over" in India.
Published on Oct 17, 2021 09:42 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Mumbai reports zero Covid-19 deaths on Sunday

Mumbai reported zero deaths due to Covid-19 on Sunday, October 17, the first time – according to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) data – since March 26, 2020. The state health department, whose daily figures vary from BMC’s on account of a reconciliation process, last recorded a zero-deaths day on February 22, 2021.
Mumbai reported zero deaths due to Covid-19 on Sunday, October 17, the first time – according to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) data – since March 26, 2020. The state health department, whose daily figures vary from BMC’s on account of a reconciliation process, last recorded a zero-deaths day on February 22, 2021. (HT FILE)
Mumbai reported zero deaths due to Covid-19 on Sunday, October 17, the first time – according to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) data – since March 26, 2020. The state health department, whose daily figures vary from BMC’s on account of a reconciliation process, last recorded a zero-deaths day on February 22, 2021. (HT FILE)
Published on Oct 17, 2021 09:06 PM IST
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By Mehul R Thakkar, Mumbai

Mumbai reports zero Covid-19 deaths for first time, shows BMC data

  • At least 367 new cases were reported today, taking the total positive cases to 7,50,808, according to the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai data. The death toll stands at 16,180.
A health worker draws a blood sample for serological survey testing for coronavirus. (Image for representation)(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
A health worker draws a blood sample for serological survey testing for coronavirus. (Image for representation)(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Published on Oct 17, 2021 07:38 PM IST
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By hindustantimes.com | Written by Sharmita Kar | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, New Delhi

Russia reports record single-day Covid-19 cases with 34,303 infections

  • The country also reported 997 deaths from Covid-19, five fewer than the daily record-high of 1,002 reported the previous day.
Russian authorities blame a slow vaccination campaign for the sharp rise of infections and deaths.
Russian authorities blame a slow vaccination campaign for the sharp rise of infections and deaths.
Published on Oct 17, 2021 02:59 PM IST
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In pictures: Floods wreck havoc in Kerala, rescue operations in full swing 

Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Sunday that hectic rescue and relief operations are on, adding relief camps have been opened in all affected regions. Vijayan directed authorities to ensure that these camps function as per Covid-19 norms.
As many as 18 people have lost their lives while dozens are still missing.(HT Photo)
As many as 18 people have lost their lives while dozens are still missing.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 17, 2021 01:26 PM IST
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Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi

India sees marginal dip in daily Covid tally at 14,146; lowest in 229 days

The Covid-19 recovery rate is at 98.10 per cent, the highest since March, the health ministry said, adding the daily positivity rate, which is at 1.29 per cent currently, has been less than 3 per cent for the last 48 days.
A boy walks past a graffiti amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on a street in Navi Mumbai. (Reuters file photo)
A boy walks past a graffiti amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on a street in Navi Mumbai. (Reuters file photo)
Published on Oct 17, 2021 10:04 AM IST
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Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi

Fact check: Double-vaccinated breakthrough COVID infections

  • Some people are getting sick with COVID-19, despite being fully vaccinated. Do these breakthrough infections mean the vaccines aren't working?
The degree of protection people acquire from the COVID vaccine will decline over time(Wytrazek/Zoonar/picture alliance)
The degree of protection people acquire from the COVID vaccine will decline over time(Wytrazek/Zoonar/picture alliance)
Published on Oct 17, 2021 09:33 AM IST
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By Deutsche Welle

World Bank congratulates India on Covid vaccination campaign

India’s daily Covid-19 infections are on the decline and 15,981 new cases were reported on Saturday—4 per cent of the peak of the highest daily average reported on May 9 this year.
World Bank president David Malpass met Nirmala Sitharaman in Washington. (David Malpass/Twitter)
World Bank president David Malpass met Nirmala Sitharaman in Washington. (David Malpass/Twitter)
Published on Oct 17, 2021 07:11 AM IST
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