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This update – the 49th of its kind – contains a consolidated overview of the South African supply chain and the current state of international trade. Concerning the pandemic, it appears as if the worst of the third wave has now passed. This week has seen another slight decline in newly reported COVID-19 infections in South Africa, averaging approximately 11 436 infections per day this week (↓10% from last week’s average of 12 727). However, the total number of cases recorded in the country now stands at more than 2,422 million7, with the death toll rising to 71 431 (up by 2 806). As a result, South Africa remains in 17th place globally regarding the total number of cases. Globally, more than 197 million cases have now been recorded worldwide, with a total of 4,2 million people losing their lives to the virus.

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