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Kejriwal said his ministers have been discussing the measures for the last few days and the finance management to enable these schemes.

50,000 for Delhi families struck by Covid deaths: CM Kejriwal

By Abhishek Dey, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 19, 2021 08:03 AM IST
A monthly pension of 2,500 will also be paid to the families that lost their only earning members, the CM said, while also announcing that the poor, who do not have ration cards at present and need subsidised food grains, will be entitled to get them.
According to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), the employment rate and labour force participation rate have come down significantly(HT Photo )
According to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), the employment rate and labour force participation rate have come down significantly(HT Photo )

Rural unemployment doubles to 14% in 1 week

By Prashant K Nanda, Livemint, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 19, 2021 07:46 AM IST
Rural unemployment shot up to 14.34% in the week ended May 16 from 7.29% in the week ended May 9, data from the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) showed.
Economists said demand revival might take longer this year, given the scale of devastation in affluent households.(Reuters file photo)
Economists said demand revival might take longer this year, given the scale of devastation in affluent households.(Reuters file photo)

Consumption revival hit as Covid jolts middle class

By Shayan Ghosh, Nasrin Sultana, Suneera Tandon, Livemint, New Delhi/mumbai
PUBLISHED ON MAY 19, 2021 07:43 AM IST
The first wave of the pandemic and the abrupt nationwide lockdown that followed caught the poor off-guard, with hundreds of thousands of families having to dip into their savings to save lives amid shortages of medicines and oxygen.
With the lockdown in Delhi gradually being extended, this time till May 24, migrant workers said they fear that the curbs may continue for a while.(ANI file photo)
With the lockdown in Delhi gradually being extended, this time till May 24, migrant workers said they fear that the curbs may continue for a while.(ANI file photo)

Delhi lockdown: Govt teams to help migrants who want to return home

By Risha Chitlangia, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 19, 2021 06:01 AM IST
The move comes after the Supreme Court last week directed the Centre and the governments of Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to provide dry ration and meals to labourers in the National Capital Region (NCR), as well as to ensure they have transportation if they wish to return home.
Travellers who have visited India in the past two weeks will not be allowed to enter Sudan in view of the Covid-19 outbreak.(HT Photo)
Travellers who have visited India in the past two weeks will not be allowed to enter Sudan in view of the Covid-19 outbreak.(HT Photo)

Sudan bans travellers from India in view of Covid-19, imposes other restrictions

Reuters | | Posted by Prashasti Singh, Khartoum
PUBLISHED ON MAY 19, 2021 05:49 AM IST
Sudan's fragile health system has been strained by the coronavirus pandemic, with patients struggling to access hospital beds, oxygen and medications.
A rising positivity rate in a region indicates that the virus is spreading fast within the community.(AP)
A rising positivity rate in a region indicates that the virus is spreading fast within the community.(AP)

India’s Covid-19 hot spots on recovery road: Data

By Jamie Mullick, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2021 07:50 AM IST
This trend comes as a glimmer of hope even as the Covid-19 toll continue to rise to grim new records. Daily deaths from the disease have remained above the 4,000 mark in the last four days despite a drop in new cases over the past week.
PM Modi also told the administrators that they have the freedom to make changes to any policy announced by the government to make it more effective on the ground.(ANI Photo)
PM Modi also told the administrators that they have the freedom to make changes to any policy announced by the government to make it more effective on the ground.(ANI Photo)

Efforts on to ramp up Covid vaccine supply: PM Modi to states

By Smriti Kak Ramachandran, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 19, 2021 03:47 AM IST
During a virtual interaction with state and district officials, the Prime Minister described the local administration officials as “field commanders” in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, the second wave of which has hit the country’s health care infrastructure.
After becoming the epicenter for the virus in the US at the start of the year, California has experienced a tremendous decline in Covid-19 cases.(Bloomberg)
After becoming the epicenter for the virus in the US at the start of the year, California has experienced a tremendous decline in Covid-19 cases.(Bloomberg)

More California counties see Covid-19 case improvements

AP | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal, Los Angeles
PUBLISHED ON MAY 19, 2021 02:41 AM IST
Orange, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara and Amador counties are moving from the orange, or moderate, tier to the yellow, or minimal, tier. Tehama County is improving from the red, substantial, tier to orange.
Volunteers take a break during the cremation of people who died due to Covid-19, at a crematorium ground in Giddenahalli village on the outskirts of Bengaluru,(Reuters file photo)
Volunteers take a break during the cremation of people who died due to Covid-19, at a crematorium ground in Giddenahalli village on the outskirts of Bengaluru,(Reuters file photo)

India records 4,522 Covid-19 deaths- the most in one day for any country

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 19, 2021 01:57 AM IST
The 4,522 fatalities recorded in the most recent 24-hour period surpass the record of 4,468 deaths in the US on January 12. Brazil, the third hardest hit country in the world, recorded 4,211 deaths in a single day on April 6.
The government defended its decision to retain the tax rate and said that “significant relief has already been provided” after duties on personal imports of oxygen concentrators was reduced from 77% to 12%.(Bloomberg file photo. Representative image)
The government defended its decision to retain the tax rate and said that “significant relief has already been provided” after duties on personal imports of oxygen concentrators was reduced from 77% to 12%.(Bloomberg file photo. Representative image)

‘Those importing O2 devices can afford 12% IGST’: Centre tells Delhi HC

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 19, 2021 01:25 AM IST
The matter relates to a plea filed by an 85-year-old person with Covid-19, who opposed the 12% tax on an oxygen concentrator sent as a gift from his nephew in the US.
A pedestrian walks past a Covid-19 coronavirus awareness mural reading 'no mask, no entry' in Mumbai on May 12, 2021.(AFP Photo)
A pedestrian walks past a Covid-19 coronavirus awareness mural reading 'no mask, no entry' in Mumbai on May 12, 2021.(AFP Photo)

Covid-19: What you need to know today

By R Sukumar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2021 07:49 AM IST
The fact that Covid-19 was a new disease, and the intensity of the first wave in some countries (subsequent waves would go on to be worse, but no one knew this back then) prompted a desperate search for drugs, in some ways made it acceptable to lower the bar for them.
The kit has been approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for use.(PTI | Representational image)
The kit has been approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for use.(PTI | Representational image)

ICMR okays new RT-PCR kit with ‘high accuracy’

By Anonna Dutt, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2021 06:37 AM IST
When tested at the National Institute of Virology-Pune, it was found to be 97.3% sensitive and 100% specific, meaning it is unlikely to throw up any false positives and has only a 2.7% chance of showing a false negative.
Stepanov has come under fire for his handling of the pandemic while opposition politicians and activists have said systemic corruption was behind the poor government response.(Reuters file photo)
Stepanov has come under fire for his handling of the pandemic while opposition politicians and activists have said systemic corruption was behind the poor government response.(Reuters file photo)

Ukraine sacks health minister over poor handling of Covid-19 crisis

AFP | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON MAY 18, 2021 11:53 PM IST
One of the poorest countries in Europe with an ageing healthcare system, Ukraine was hard-hit by the pandemic and is slow in its vaccine roll-out. Some 292 lawmakers, with 226 required, voted for the dismissal of Maksym Stepanov who was appointed health minister in March 2020.
According to the IMA Covid-19 registry on the official website, 748 doctors died of Covid-19 in the first wave of the pandemic.
According to the IMA Covid-19 registry on the official website, 748 doctors died of Covid-19 in the first wave of the pandemic.

269 doctors died of Covid-19 in second wave: IMA

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2021 03:57 AM IST
At least four states, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Andhra Pradesh have reported more than 20 deaths. These states reported 78, 37, 28 and 22 deaths, respectively.
Experts in India have underlined the need to vaccinate people below the age of 18 since there cannot be a proper opening up until the entire population is protected.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Experts in India have underlined the need to vaccinate people below the age of 18 since there cannot be a proper opening up until the entire population is protected.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)

Covaxin clinical trial in children to begin in 10-12 days: Centre

UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2021 04:17 AM IST
The Drug Controller General of India on May 13 gave permission for the vaccine, developed by Bharat Biotech and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), to be used in Phase 2 and Phase 3 trials in people below the age of 18 -- the first such trials that will begin in India.
“Unfortunately, he is one of the many Americans battling long term symptoms," Slavitt said of his son.(White House via AP)
“Unfortunately, he is one of the many Americans battling long term symptoms," Slavitt said of his son.(White House via AP)

Biden advisor makes personal appeal to young to get vaccinated against Covid-19

AP | , Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAY 18, 2021 11:22 PM IST
Andy Slavitt, President Joe Biden's senior advisor for the coronavirus, revealed during a White House briefing Tuesday that one of his sons came down with the virus late last year and continues to suffer lingering side effects.
According to NHK World, citizens are being asked to stay home as much as possible until the end of this month.(AP file photo)
According to NHK World, citizens are being asked to stay home as much as possible until the end of this month.(AP file photo)

Number of severe Covid-19 cases hits record high in Japan

ANI | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal, Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON MAY 18, 2021 11:13 PM IST
In the wake of rising cases, Japan is set to impose stricter restrictions for those who have been in Bangladesh, Maldives, and Sri Lanka in the 14 days before arrival to prevent a new Covid variant first found in India, Kyodo News reported.
The government’s decision to drop plasma therapy from Covid-19 treatment has also left some donors “upset”.(Vijayanand Gupta/HT file photo. Representative image)
The government’s decision to drop plasma therapy from Covid-19 treatment has also left some donors “upset”.(Vijayanand Gupta/HT file photo. Representative image)

Covid-19: Uncertainty over banks, infra in Delhi after plasma therapy dropped

By Sadia Akhtar, Shiv Sunny and Anonna Dutt, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2021 12:52 AM IST
In July last year, Delhi became the first state to start a plasma bank at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) in Vasant Kunj. Two others at the Delhi government’s Lok Nayak and Guru Teg Bahadur were started later on.
The order says that any medical officer treating a patient can determine if they may be presumed to have Covid-19.(HT file photo)
The order says that any medical officer treating a patient can determine if they may be presumed to have Covid-19.(HT file photo)

Under new home isolation rules, suspect patients to be treated as Covid +ve

By Anonna Dutt, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2021 06:06 AM IST
Patients in home isolation in Delhi receive a pulse oximeter, thermometer, regular calls from a state government doctor, and can also borrow oxygen concentrators from the state’s bank.
Eight states have more than 1 lakh active Covid-19 cases and 22 states have more than 15 per cent case positivity, as per the government.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Eight states have more than 1 lakh active Covid-19 cases and 22 states have more than 15 per cent case positivity, as per the government.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Less than 2% population affected by Covid-19, 98% still vulnerable: Govt

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 18, 2021 10:48 PM IST
The government said that of the total population in India, 1.8 per cent has been affected by Covid-19 so far and 98 per cent of the population is still susceptible or vulnerable to the infection.
Doses for the 45-and-above category are offered for free by the Union government, while those for the 18-44 age group are purchased directly by the state governments.(File photo)
Doses for the 45-and-above category are offered for free by the Union government, while those for the 18-44 age group are purchased directly by the state governments.(File photo)

After assurances of supply, Delhi adds 153 jab centres for 45+ age group

By Abhishek Dey, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2021 05:13 AM IST
Delhi on Monday added 153 vaccination centres for the category that includes health care workers, frontline workers, and those aged above 44, taking the number of centres to 623. Around 100 of these are in state-run schools and allow walk-in jabs.
Delhi Police's Crime Branch brings Navneet Kalra for interrogation in connection with alleged black marketing of oxygen concentrators, at his Khan Chacha restaurant in New Delhi(PTI Photo)
Delhi Police's Crime Branch brings Navneet Kalra for interrogation in connection with alleged black marketing of oxygen concentrators, at his Khan Chacha restaurant in New Delhi(PTI Photo)

Police take Navneet Kalra to his restaurants, office to look for evidence

By Karn Pratap Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2021 02:08 AM IST
Kalra was arrested on Sunday evening for allegedly hoarding oxygen concentrators and selling them at inflated prices. A laptop and some “crucial documents” related to the sale and purchase of oxygen concentrators were recovered from Kalra’s Okhla office and other business establishments, an officer said on condition of anonymity.
Experts said the numbers could stay low for some time, with a large chunk of the population having been exposed to the infection.(ANI file photo)
Experts said the numbers could stay low for some time, with a large chunk of the population having been exposed to the infection.(ANI file photo)

Covid-19 in Delhi: Positivity drops below 7%, 265 new deaths

By Anonna Dutt, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2021 06:04 AM IST
Experts said the positivity rate – proportion of samples that return positive – dropping to 6.89% underlines the trend of the outbreak slowing down in the national capital, which has been in a near-complete lockdown since April 19 after a fourth wave of cases took hold.
The government has recently started vaccinating all inmates who are aged 45 and above at the three jails of Tihar, Mandoli and Rohini.(HT Archives)
The government has recently started vaccinating all inmates who are aged 45 and above at the three jails of Tihar, Mandoli and Rohini.(HT Archives)

Delhi govt starts vaccinating Tihar inmates in 18-44 age group

By Risha Chitlangia, Prawesh Lama, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2021 04:57 AM IST
The west Delhi district has set up an outreach site in Tihar jail for the vaccination drive. The move comes after director general (prisons) Sandeep Goel wrote to the state government, requesting it to start vaccinating inmates in the age group of 18-44 years.
To ensure uninterrupted power-supply, back up-provisions have also been made at both the centres.(Sakib Ali/HT file photo. Representative image)
To ensure uninterrupted power-supply, back up-provisions have also been made at both the centres.(Sakib Ali/HT file photo. Representative image)

Covid: BSES electrifies temporary ICU centres with 1,000 beds in a fortnight

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2021 06:25 AM IST
The centres, one at the Ramlila ground near Lok Nayak Hospital and the other at another plot near GTB hospital — which have a total of 1,000 beds — were powered in a total of 14 days. The two facilities have a total power consumption allocation of 10MW, said officials.
Dr Aggarwal was awarded Padma Shree in 2010. He was also awarded Dr BC Roy award.(Twitter)
Dr Aggarwal was awarded Padma Shree in 2010. He was also awarded Dr BC Roy award.(Twitter)

Former IMA chief Dr KK Aggarwal dies of Covid

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2021 04:51 AM IST
Aggarwal, 62, died of Covid-19 related complications at 11.30pm on Monday at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Dr Aggarwal’s condition was critical and he was on ventilator support for the past few days, hospital authorities said.
A total of 4,694,970 have received a vaccine dose in Delhi so far, of which more than 1 million are fully vaccinated with both shots. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)
A total of 4,694,970 have received a vaccine dose in Delhi so far, of which more than 1 million are fully vaccinated with both shots. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)

Covid-19 vaccination for youth to halt from next week due to shortage: Atishi

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Deepali Sharma | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 18, 2021 10:35 PM IST
Atishi made a humble appeal to the centre to supply sufficient Covid-19 vaccines for those between the 18-44 age group as the second wave saw a lot of young people getting critical, and their vaccination is imperative to protect people.
Representational: His last rites were performed at a cremation ground in Rishi Nagar here on Tuesday as per the Covid guidelines.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Representational: His last rites were performed at a cremation ground in Rishi Nagar here on Tuesday as per the Covid guidelines.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Haryana man who performed last rites of over 300 Covid victims succumbs to virus

PTI | , Hisar
PUBLISHED ON MAY 18, 2021 09:50 PM IST
Praveen Kumar was the head of the team formed by the municipal corporation to cremate the bodies of coronavirus patients.
Dark clouds over the sky during Cyclone Tauktae at Vellayil Harbor in Kozhikode on May 17.(PTI)
Dark clouds over the sky during Cyclone Tauktae at Vellayil Harbor in Kozhikode on May 17.(PTI)

News updates from HT: Another cyclone may form over Bay of Bengal, warns IMD

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 18, 2021 08:56 PM IST
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Maharashtra reported 28,438 new Covid-19 cases as the state's tally reached 5,433,506.(PTI)
Maharashtra reported 28,438 new Covid-19 cases as the state's tally reached 5,433,506.(PTI)

Maharashtra reports over 28,000 new Covid-19 cases, 679 deaths

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Srivatsan K C, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2021 09:14 PM IST
The capital city of Mumbai saw less than 1,000 new cases (961 cases to be exact) and 44 new deaths, which pushed the city's tally to 690,023 and the death toll to 14,316.
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