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This update – the 68th of its kind – contains a consolidated overview of the South African supply chain and the current state of international trade. The latest COVID-19 variant – Omicron – continues to spread rapidly through our population, as newly reported COVID-19 infections averaged approximately 15 044 per day (↑195% from last week’s average of 5 093). In total, we have now recorded more than 3 million6 cases, with the death toll passing the 90 000-mark (90 060, up by 145). Globally, COVID-19 infections total more than 269 million, with the death toll passing 5,29 million this week. On the vaccination front, 8,35 billion vaccine doses have now been administered worldwide7. For South Africa, this figure stands at ~26,9 million, with a daily average of ~115 000 doses administered in the past week. Vaccination numbers are expected to increase as the Department of Health this week announced plans for the commencement of the Pfizer and J&J boosters.

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