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This update – the 50th of its kind – contains a consolidated overview of the South African supply chain and the current state of international trade. Concerning the pandemic, it seems as if the worst of the third wave has passed, although the decrease in cases has been less perceptible than the first and second waves. As a result, this week has seen another slight decline in newly reported COVID-19 infections in South Africa, averaging approximately 10 850 infections per day this week (↓5% from last week’s average of 11 436). Consequently, the total number of cases recorded in the country now stands at more than 2,5 million7, with the death toll rising to 73 873 (up by 2 442). In absolute terms, South Africa remains in 17th place globally regarding COVID-19 cases.

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