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Europe rushes to bolster virus defences as South Africa detects new strain

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Europe rushes to bolster virus defences as South Africa detects new strain

  THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AFP) — Governments across Europe rushed on Friday to bolster their defences against a fresh coronavirus spike, as South Africa announced it had detected a new Covid-19 strain that scientists fear could torpedo efforts to beat the pandemic. In recent weeks the continent has been in the throes of surging cases and violent riots, wrestling with booster programmes and dramatic lockdowns to stem the tide as its death toll surpassed 1.5 […]