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This update – the 57th of its kind – contains a consolidated overview of the South African supply chain and the current state of international trade. As an ongoing initiative created because of COVID-19, the industry is pleased to see the back of the third wave, as this week saw another decrease in positive cases. Newly reported COVID-19 infections averaged approximately 2 667 per day (↓39% from last week’s average 4 339). As a result, the total number of cases recorded in the country now stands at 2,92 million[1], with the death toll at 86 655 (up by 876 – which has reduced markedly over the last couple of months). Indeed, South Africa is moving closer to normality, as indicated by an increase in the normalcy index[2] (up by 5,7 to 67,7 in the last two weeks). Globally, COVID-19 infections total more than 231 million, with the death toll nearing 4,7 million people.

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

[2] Economist. 13/07/2021. The global normalcy index.

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