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This update – the 48th of its kind – contains a consolidated overview of the South African supply chain and the current state of international trade. Concerning the pandemic, this week has seen another significant decline in newly reported COVID-19 infections in South Africa, averaging approximately 12 727 infections per day this week (↓24% from last week’s average of 16 857). However, this decline should be read with caution since testing rates have decreased in the past two weeks, reflecting reduced access to testing facilities due to social unrest. Nonetheless, the total number of cases recorded in the country now stands at more than 2,342 million6, with the death toll has risen to 68 625 (up by 2 653). As a result, South Africa moved into 17th place globally regarding the total number of cases, overtaking Ukraine in the last seven days. More than 193 million cases have now been recorded worldwide, with a total of 4,14 million people losing their lives to the virus. In addition, the reduction in new cases has resulted in a relaxation of the lockdown regulations from level 4 to Level 3.

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