#Cyril Ramaphosa

.Johannesburg, South Africa
The second wave of the virus has stretched South Africa's health system to its limits. (Representative Image: Pixabay)

  • The new variant is 50% more contagious, said epidemiologist Professor Salim Abdool Karim
  • There is no evidence that the variant, now the dominant strain in South Africa, is more deadly
  • More than 1.3 million people are infected in the country with 37,105 registered deaths

.Cape Town, South Africa
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the new measures on Monday. (Photo Credit: Instagram/@cyrilramaphosa)

  • South Africa is the first African nation to record one million coronavirus cases
  • The country is witnessing the spread of a new strain of SARS-CoV-2
  • "We have let down our guard, and unfortunately we are now paying the price," the President said

.Johannesburg, South Africa
Authorities are considering reimposing restrictions to rein in the spread of the virus. (Photo Credit: Representational Image/Pixabay)

  • South Africa becomes the first African nation to record one million COVID-19 cases
  • South Africa has so far registered 1,004,413 infections and 26,735 deaths
  • The country recorded a daily average of 11,700 new infections till last week