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This update – the 81st of its kind – contains a consolidated overview of the South African supply chain and the current state of international trade. Newly reported COVID-19 infections increased slightly and averaged approximately 1 393 per day (↑12% from last week’s average of 1 246). South Africa has recorded 3,72 million positive cases, with the recorded death breaching the unwanted 100 000-mark this week (up by 100).

However, the true death toll may exceed 250 000 as the National Department of Health admits to possible under-reporting. Globally, the case tally stands at 488 million infected by COVID-19, with 6,14 million deaths recorded. Around 11,28 billion vaccine doses have been administered globally, with the South African count at 33,71 million.