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India nears 9 million coronavirus cases

MUMBAI, Nov 19 (Reuters) - India recorded 45,576 new cases of the coronavirus, taking total infections to 8.96 million, data from the health ministry said on Thursday.

The South Asian nation has the world’s second-highest number of COVID-19 infections, after the United States, but cases have been falling since hitting a peak in September.

Deaths rose by 585, with the total now at 131,578, the ministry said.

Reporting by Shilpa Jamkhandikar; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman

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