More than one million Covid-19 cases have been recorded in South Africa.

The African country has become the first, the continent to register such number of cases.

This development occurred some days after authorities confirmed that a new, the increase and spread of the coronavirus variant were detected.

This has resulted in the huge rise in admissions in some hospitals and medical centers, putting a heavy strain on resources.

Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to announce tougher restrictions to prevent the virus from spreading further.

South Africa’s Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize announced the latest milestone on Sunday.

So far, the country has now confirmed 1,004,413 Covid-19 infections and 26,735 deaths since the outbreak began in March.

On recent cases, as at last week, South Africa recorded a daily average of 11,700 new infections – a rise of 39% on the previous week – and from Wednesday to Friday, the daily number of new cases was above 14,000.

The surge and driving force in infections has been discovered to be new coronavirus variant – known as 501.V2

It was identified by a network of South African scientists in the Eastern Cape province and then rapidly spread to other parts of the country.