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Coronavirus

India's COVID cases top 5 million as it narrows gap with US

Asia's third-largest economy slowly reopens but struggles to impose safety rules

People wearing face masks stand in line to enter a metro station amid the coronavirus pandemic in New Delhi on Sept. 14.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- India, the world's second worst-hit country by the coronavirus pandemic after the U.S., on Wednesday crossed another grim milestone by surpassing five million total COVID-19 cases, less than two weeks after exceeding the four million-mark.

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