Coronavirus latest updates: Delhi, Maharashtra report dip in new cases | India News

NEW DELHI: Delhi recorded just 17 new cases, its lowest single-day tally in April. Maharashtra reported 232 — the lowest figure in the last six days and a dip by 34% from Tuesday’s numbers. MP recorded its highest single-day tally of 197. On the positive side, more than 1100 people have recovered from the disease across India as per the data shared by the states. At 218, Kerala has maximum such recoveries.
Here is a look at the latest updates on the ouutbreak of coronavirus in India and around the world —
‘China didn’t warn of likely pandemic for 6 critical days’
In the six days after top Chinese officials secretly determined they likely were facing a pandemic from a coronavirus, the city of Wuhan at the epicentre of the disease hosted a mass banquet for tens of thousands of people; millions began travelling through for Lunar New Year celebrations. President Xi Jinping warned the public on the seventh day, January 20. But by that time, more than 3,000 people had been infected during almost a week of public silence, according to internal documents obtained by AP and expert estimates based on retrospective infection data.
Lockdown 2.0: Masks made compulsory; no booze, tobacco sale
Wearing of face mask or face cover shall be compulsory in all public spaces and workplaces, sale of liquor and tobacco strictly banned and spitting in public spaces shall be punishable with fine during Covid-19 lockdown 2.0. According to ‘National Directives for Covid-19 Management’ issued by the home ministry as part of revised consolidated guidelines for the extended lockdown, no organisation or manager of public space shall allow a gathering of 5 or more persons and all those in charge of public places, workplaces and transport shall ensure social distancing as per health ministry guidelines.
Covid-19 hotspots marked in 170 districts, 207 more under close watch
The government has identified 170 districts with Covid-19 hotspots or ‘red zone’ areas, including in all six metros-Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. Other large cities such as Bhopal, Agra, Gurugram, Noida and Faridabad also have hotspots. Besides, 207 districts-where the rate of doubling is currently low but which can be potential hotspots-have been classified as ‘non-hotspots’ or ‘white zones’. Apart from this, there are ‘green zone’ districts with no new confirmed Covid-19 case in the last 28 days.
US has passed the peak on new coronavirus cases: Trump
The US has passed the peak on new coronavirus cases, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday, adding this has put the country in a very strong position to finalize new guidelines on social distancing.
More than 6.3 lakh Americans have tested positive for Covid-19 so far and total fatalities as on Wednesday were nearly 28,000, the highest for any country in the world.

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