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This update – the 56th of its kind – contains a consolidated overview of the South African supply chain and the current state of international trade. On the COVID front, another significant decrease in positive cases was seen this week, as the third wave is finally easing and hopefully coming to an end. Newly reported COVID-19 infections averaged approximately 4 339 per day (↓35% from last week’s average 6 663). The total number of cases recorded in the country now stands at 2,87 million[1], with the death toll regrettably rising, now at 85 779 (up by 1 452).

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[1] Johns Hopkins, Coronavirus Resource Centre. Coronavirus JJHU.

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