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This update – the 85th of its kind – contains a consolidated overview of the South African supply chain and the current state of international trade. Newly reported COVID-19 infections again rose sharply, averaging approximately 4 231 per day (↑120% against last week’s average of 1 927). South Africa has recorded 3,78 million positive cases, with the death toll up to 100 355 this week (up by 79). Globally, the case tally stands at 512 million infected by COVID-19, with 6,2 million deaths recorded. Around 11,6 billion vaccine doses have been administered globally, with the South African count at 34,73 million, leaving some 40% of the population unvaccinated.