File: Health Minister Zweli Mkhize. GCIS
JOHANNESBURG - Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize says there is a new variant of COVID-19 in South Africa.
The minister says the second wave is driven by this new coronavirus variant.
Mkhize made the announcement during a virtual briefing on Friday.
"The evidence that has been collected therefore strongly suggests that the current second wave that we are experiencing is also, therefore, being driven by this new variant," he said.
The new variant emerged in Nelson Mandela Bay and then spread to the Garden Route and KwaZulu-Natal.
Scientists have detected this variant in nearly 200 genomes collected in October and November.