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India COVID-19 cases top 9.4 million

FILE PHOTO: A health worker in personal protective equipment (PPE) checks the temperature of a passenger at a railway station, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Mumbai, India November 27, 2020. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File photo

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India’s novel coronavirus cases rose by 38,772, the health ministry said on Monday, making it the 23rd straight day that daily cases have stayed below the 50,000 mark.

The country now has 9.43 million cases, the second-highest in the world after the United States, but daily cases have been dipping since hitting a peak in September.

Deaths rose by 443 in the last 24 hours, and now total 137,139.

Reporting by Shilpa Jamkhandikar; Editing by Kim Coghill