JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The Delta coronavirus variant, first identified in India, appears to be dominating new infections in South Africa, local scientists told a news conference on Saturday.
South Africa is the worst-hit country on the African continent in terms of confirmed COVID-19 infections and deaths.
It is in the middle of a “third wave” of infections, recording more than 18,000 new cases on Friday.
Acting health minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane told the same news conference that it was now likely that the peak of the third wave would surpass the peak of the second wave in January. “We remain very worried about the rise in the hospitalisation of patients which is putting a lot of strain on health,” said Mmamoloko
Kubayi-Ngubane has called on everyone to work together to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Kubayi-Ngubane has warned that other provinces are expected to see a surge in COVID-19 new cases.