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Coronavirus

COVID variants swamp India and Japan hospitals: 5 things to know

More infectious strains hit regions previously less affected by pandemic

Many hospitals in India, like this one in New Delhi, have been overwhelmed by the surge in COVID-19 patients. (Source photos by Reuters and National Institute of Infectious Diseases/Kyodo)

TOKYO -- Daily coronavirus infections have risen sharply in India. Japan, too, is experiencing an increase, despite a state of emergency being imposed for a third time in a year this week. More infectious variants of the virus are a key culprit, according to scientists.

How dangerous are the new variants and how are the two governments responding?

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