South Africa has become the primary country on the continent to register quite a million Covid-19 cases, France24 reports.
It comes just days after authorities confirmed that a replacement, faster-spreading, coronavirus variant had been detected.
Some hospitals and medical centers have reported an enormous rise in admissions, putting an important strain on resources.
President Cyril Ramaphosa is widely expected to announce tougher restrictions to stop the virus from spreading further.
The latest milestone was announced on Sunday, 27 December, by South Africa’s health minister, Zweli Mkhize. The country has now confirmed 1,004,413 Covid-19 infections and 26,735 deaths since the outbreak began in March.
Last week, South Africa recorded a daily average of 11,700 new infections, an increase of 39% on the previous week, and from Wednesday to Friday the daily number of latest cases was above 14,000.
A new coronavirus variant referred to as 501.V2 is believed to be driving the surge in infections, it had been identified by a network of South African scientists within the Eastern Cape Province then rapidly spread to other parts of the country.
Earlier in the week, the united kingdom banned travel from South Africa due to the new variant.
After South Africa, the worst-hit country on the African continent is Morocco, which has seen 432,079 cases and seven,240 deaths.