Coronavirus live news: India reports record new infections and deaths; Ireland to reopen economy in May

India’s total case numbers pass 18m; Ireland to reopen retail, personal services and construction; nearly 1 in 50 people worldwide have had Covid

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A total of 90.5% of people who were tested for Covid in England in the week ending 21 April at a regional site, local site or mobile testing unit received their result within 24 hours. This is up slightly from 90.3% in the previous week.

Boris Johnson, the UK prime minister, had pledged that by the end of June 2020 the results of all in-person tests would be back within a day, as PA Media reports.

12.04pm BST

The UK government has been criticised for refusing to make public the training materials call handlers in the NHS 111 coronavirus response service were given at the start of the pandemic, on the grounds that they are “commercially sensitive”.

Kate Osamor, the Labour MP who warned last year that the 111 service “simply couldn’t cope” with the huge number of people needing advice for Covid-19 symptoms, condemned the refusal as an “insult” to families whose relatives have died from the virus.

Related: Covid bereaved condemn government refusal to publish NHS 111 training content

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