South Africa detects new coronavirus variant with many mutations

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Scientists in South Africa said on Thursday they had detected a new Covid-19 variant with a large number of mutations, blaming it for a surge in infection numbers.The number of daily infections in Africa’s hardest-hit country has increased tenfold since the start of the month.“Unfortunately we have detected a new variant which is a reason for concern in South Africa,” virologist Tulio de Oliveira told a hastily called news conference.The variant, which goes by the scientific lineage number B.1…

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