South Africa hits 1 million coronavirus cases as new variant spreads rapidly

President Cyril Ramaphosa expected to announce new restrictions in attempt to slow the surge

South Africa’s Covid-19 surge has taken the country to more than 1 million confirmed cases as president Cyril Ramaphosa called an emergency meeting of the national coronavirus command council.

The country’s new variant of the coronavirus, 501.V2, is more contagious and has quickly become dominant in many areas of the resurgence, according to experts.

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