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India’s coronavirus infections jump past 50,000

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Coronavirus cases in India rose past 50,000, the health ministry said on Thursday, with the pace of new infections showing no signs of abating despite a strict weeks-long lockdown in the world’s second-most populous country.

India added 3,561 cases, taking its total 52,952 – behind over 82,000 in China where the virus originated – while the death toll rose by 89 to 1,783, still low compared with the United States, United Kingdom and Italy.

Officials attributed the low toll to the government’s move to impose a stay-at-home order on the nation’s 1.3 billion people early in the cycle, but noted a spurt in cases from the densely packed economic centres of Mumbai, Delhi and Ahmedabad.

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