SA now one-third fully vaccinated
- Globally, over 7.49 billion doses have been administered across 184 countries at a rate of 37.1 million doses a day.
- The UK is expected to lower the age for those eligible for boosters to under 50 years to increase this region’s immunity over winter.
- Japan is preparing to offer vaccine boosters six months after a second vaccination.
- Locally, 23.950 million vaccines have been administered to date; 37,267 vaccines were administered yesterday.
- 33,6% of the SA population has been fully vaccinated.
- The Western Cape has the highest percentage of its population fully vaccinated, at 40,49%.
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 overall: Madrid, Barcelona, Vienna, Paris
- Least accessible destinations: Sydney, Jakarta, Hong Kong and Macau
- Most restricted destinations: Beijing, Shanghai, Sydney
- Public health measures – moving from least open to most open cities: Moscow, as it emerged from a temporary lockdown
- Moving from moderately open to most open cities: Sydney
- Moving from most open to moderately open cities: Beijing
Global cases update:
- Cases have surpassed 254.03 million, while the death toll has surpassed 5.11 million; recoveries are at 229.71 million.
- The US has 47.91 million cases, accounting for 18% of global cases; the US death toll is 783,565.
- India has 34.44 million cases and 463,655 deaths; Brazil has 21.95 million cases and 611,318 deaths.
- In Austria, lockdown measures are due today for the next 10 days for the unvaccinated, as cases approached 2 million last week.
- Germany plans to require companies to allow staff to work remotely as cases have been surging.
Africa cases update:
- Africa’s Covid-19 cases are at 8.63 million; fatalities are at 221,215.
- Morocco has 948,226 reported cases, Nigeria 213,147, Ghana 130,649, Kenya 254,297.
- Africa accounts for 3.4% of global confirmed cases and 4.3% of global reported deaths.
- However, an analysis by the WHO has concluded that the vast majority of Covid cases in Africa is not being detected.
- The WHO has noted that the true number of infections was likely seven times higher than reported.
- In addition, two in three deaths from Covid are not being registered in Africa.
South Africa cases update:
- SA currently has the 18th highest caseload, at 2.925 million; 262 new cases were reported yesterday.
- Active cases are at 16,767; the Western Cape leads the way with 6,061 active cases, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 3,230.
- Covid-19 deaths rose by 8 yesterday, to 89,484; 2.819 million people (or 96.4%) have recovered from the virus.
- 18.917 million tests have been conducted since 5 March 2020; 24,034 tests were conducted yesterday.
- The SA positivity rate is 1.1%.