The Delta variant of the coronavirus is spreading rapidly across continental Europe, raising the risk of a rebound in infections and a delay to the region’s economic comeback.
The variant, first discovered in India late last year, has prompted Portugal to seal off its capital city of Lisbon on weekends.
In Germany, where Delta is still rare, scientists expect it to make up the majority of Covid-19 infections in the coming months.
While Delta is more infectious than other variants, fully vaccinated people still appear to be well protected against getting sick.
In the U.K., infections have risen sharply in recent weeks, but the number of deaths has remained relatively steady.
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