Coronavirus live news: world record India cases for second day; ‘short and powerful’ state of emergency in Japan

With 332,730 new cases, India’s total has now passed 16 million; Japan declares states of emergency for Tokyo, Osaka and two other prefectures

12.11pm BST

Reuters reports:

Primary health care, treatment for chronic diseases and other essential medical services around the world remain disrupted by the pandemic alongside workforce shortages and patient fears, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

Some 94% of 135 countries and territories responding to its survey reported some disruption, including in life-saving emergency interventions, between January and March, it said in a report.

11.56am BST

This chart (and ensuing thread) of the main variants in England has been shared by Kit Yates, of the University of Bath:

This chart shows week on week absolute numbers of variants (up to 11 April).
B1617 (India) has become the most sequenced (apart from B117) in the last couple of weeks over taking B1351 (SA).
Clearly the number of sequences carried out affect these numbers significantly.
8/13 pic.twitter.com/2ur6oIb8tg

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