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Lockdown, Day 43: One more historic low

The price the Indian economy is having to pay for an almost two-month complete halt is getting higher and higher. The world's harshest lockdown has dragged the country's service sector to historic low, with the worst ever month-on-month drop in business activity during April.

Meanwhile, staying indoors has not turned out to be the solution India hoped it would be. As the country wobbles back on to its feet, Covid numbers have skyrocketed, with thousands of cases being added to the national tally each day.

Here are the top news of the day...

    One new case & 1 death reported in Odisha
    35 new cases in Rajasthan; tally now 3,193
    206 new cases reported in Delhi; tally rises to 5,104
    60 new cases in Andhra Pradesh; total now 1,777
    West Bengal reports 112 more cases; state tally rises to 1,456
    Karnataka tally nears 700
    Uttar Pradesh case count rises to 1,831
    7 new cases in Haryana; state count rises to 555
    Cases reach 1,681 in Indore; death toll 81
    85 more BSF personnel test positive; total 154 infected
Tally Toll Tally Toll
36,63,911 2,57,301 49,391 1,694

    Not having Aarogya Setu App is a punishable offence
    Section 144 to remain in Ghaziabad till May 31
    Direct Line insurance claims drop as lockdown keeps cars off roads
    Up to Rs 10 lakh fine in UP for Covid violation

    India's services activity collapses
    Hiring during April dips by 62%
    Sensex gains 232 pts, snaps 2-day losing run, Nifty tops 9,250
    Excise duties on petrol hiked by Rs 10/litre and diesel by Rs 13/litre
    UP: VAT increased by Rs 2/litre on petrol, Rs 1/litre on diesel
    Liquor price to be hiked in TN by Rs 20 from May 7
    Hyundai Motor sales down 57%
    Maruti introduces new norms for dealerships
    Mercedes-Benz India restarts production at Chakan plant in Pune
    MRF Tyres partially resumes operations
    Royal Enfield resumes operations at Oragadam unit
    TVS Motor resumes operations across plants in India

    British death toll hits 32,000
    US deaths rise by 2,333 in 24 hours
    Germany's case count rises by 947 to 164,807
    China reports 2 new cases, 20 asymptomatic cases
    Philippines' infections top 10,000
    Disney takes $1.4 bn coronavirus hit
    Airbnb to cut 25% of staff amid global travel slump
    BMW reports 133% rise in first-quarter profit