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This update – the 53rd of its kind – contains a consolidated overview of the south African supply chain and the current state of international trade. pandemic-wise, this week has seen a slight decrease in newly reported covid-19 infections in south Africa, averaging approximately 11 760 infections per day (↓2% from last week’s average of 12 021). consequently, as the third wave extends, the total number of cases recorded in the country continues to rise, now at 2,73 million6, with the death toll rising to 80 826 (up by 2 132). worldwide covid-19 infections now total more than 215 million, with the death toll nearing 4,5 million people. this week, a vaccination milestone has been reached as more than 5 billion vaccine doses have now been administered7. for south Africa, this figure stands at ~11,5 million. in the past seven days, an average of 200 000 doses was administered, still falling well short of the daily target of 400 000.

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