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This update – the 73rd of its kind and the fourth for 2022 – contains a consolidated overview of the South African supply chain and the current state of international trade. Newly reported COVID-19 infections averaged approximately 3 082 per day (almost identical to last week’s average of 3 092) this week. In total, South Africa has now recorded 3,61 million6 cases, with 95 545 (up by 894) regrettably succumbing to the virus. Globally, more than 389 million people have now been infected by COVID-19, and there have been more than 5,77 million deaths. On the COVID-19 vaccination front, the global numbers now stand at 10,15 billion vaccine doses have been administered globally7, with South Africa at 30,03 million. New vaccinations remain low, with a daily average of ~57 000 in the last seven days, despite another round of regulatory relaxation8.

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