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How an Indian slum became an unlikely COVID-19 success story

MUMBAI, India - When the first COVID-19 case was detected in Dharavi, a crammed labyrinth of one-room shacks in the heart of India's financial capital, epidemiologists feared the disease would spiral out of control.

Inside one square mile live nearly 1 million people, many of whom survive on daily wages and share public bathrooms. Families sleep in 8-by-8-foot rooms. People squeeze past one another in alleys. Social distancing is impossible.

But nearly three months later, authorities in Mumbai appear to have pulled off a miracle - or at least found an unexpected reprieve.

After recording 491 COVID-19 cases in April and 1,216 in May, Dharavi saw only 274 cases and six deaths in the first two

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