Europe folding under a fourth wave
- Globally, over 7.63 billion doses have been administered across 184 countries at a rate of 33 million doses a day.
- Germany is considering making vaccines compulsory.
- The UK is extending its booster program to avoid following other countries into new restrictions.
- Only 6% of the African population has been fully vaccinated against Covid.
- 70% of high-income countries have fully vaccinated at least 40% of their population.
Global cases update:
- Cases have surpassed 257.83 million, while the death toll has surpassed 5.16 million; recoveries are at 232.75 million.
- The US has 48.59 million cases, accounting for 18% of global cases; the US death toll is 793,651.
- India has 34.51 million cases and 463,655 deaths; Brazil has 22.01 million cases and 612,722 deaths.
- Israel's cases are now at their highest since early September.
- Cases in France too are surging despite preventative measures.
- Europe is seeing an increase in anti-lockdown protests.
International travel tracker:
Bloomberg tracks international travel rules (including restrictions), vaccination rates and local public health guidelines of over 70 global business and leisure destinations as the world re-opens. The results are summarised below:
- Most accessible destinations: Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Mexico City
- Least accessible destinations: Sydney, Jakarta, Hong Kong and Lagos
- Most restricted destinations: Beijing, Shanghai, Sydney
- Public health measures – moving to “more open”: Riyadh, Tel Aviv
Africa cases update:
- Africa’s Covid-19 cases are at 8.65 million; fatalities are at 222,157.
- Morocco has 948,923 reported cases, Nigeria 213,589, Ghana 130,827, Kenya 254,710.
- Africa accounts for 3.4% of global confirmed cases and 4.3% of global reported deaths.
South Africa cases update:
- SA currently has the 18th highest caseload, at 2.929 million; 687 new cases were reported yesterday.
- Active cases are at 19,147; the Western Cape leads the way, with 6,310 active cases, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 3,193.
- Covid-19 deaths rose by 2 yesterday, to 89,574; 2.82 million people (or 96.3%) have recovered from the virus.
- 19.113 million tests have been conducted since 5 March 2020; 30,292 tests were conducted yesterday.
- The SA positivity rate is 3.4%.
- 24.646 million vaccines have been administered in SA to date; 11,083 vaccines were administered yesterday.