Due to the suspected more infectious mutant novel coronavirus, the second wave of COVID-19 is accelerating its spread in South Africa.
The local government is considering introducing stricter restrictions. At the same time, the surge in cases has put heavy pressure on the South African health care system.
Recently, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Africa has soared, with almost seven times as many new cases in a single day as a month ago. Statistics show that according to the current trend of case growth, the cumulative confirmed cases in South Africa are expected to exceed the million mark as early as the 27th.
The second wave of the epidemic has put heavy pressure on the South African health system. Many hospitals are facing a shortage of beds, especially in intensive care unit beds. As a result, the hospital had to temporarily adjust the bed and medical staff, and postponed a large number of non-emergency operations.