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India extends coronavirus lockdown for third time

Lengthy shutdown squeezes economy in Asia's largest hot spot

TOKYO -- India extended its national lockdown for a third time on Sunday, to May 31, as the South Asian country struggles to contain the spread of the coronavirus despite almost two months of business and travel restrictions.

The number of patients in India had grown to over 90,000 on Sunday from 562 on March 25, when the lockdown began, according to the World Health Organization. India now has more cases than any other Asian country outside the Middle East, and continues to gain about 4,000 new patients a day.

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