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COVID-19 tracker 06 June 2022

African Covid death rate heading down

Shireen Darmalingam

Global cases update: 

  • Cases have surpassed 535 million, while the death toll has breached 6.32 million; recoveries are at 506 million.
  • The US has 86.52 million cases, accounting for 16% of global cases; the US death toll is 1.033 million. 
  • India has 43.181 million cases and 524,459 deaths; Brazil has 31.153 million cases and 667,056 deaths.
  • Shanghai reopened last week after two months of lockdowns.
  • Beijing has declared the latest outbreak of the virus as being under control and will be easing restrictions from today.
  • Globally, more than 12.2 billion vaccine doses have been administered across 184 countries at a rate of 23.5 million doses a day.

Africa cases update: 

  • Africa’s Covid-19 cases are at 12.17 million; fatalities are at 255,071.
  • Morocco has 1.17 million reported cases, Nigeria 256,148, Ghana 161,795, Kenya 325,554.
  • The WHO has noted that Covid deaths in Africa are expected to decline by almost 94% in 2022, compared to 2021 (which was the deadliest year of the pandemic).
  • This would be likely if current variants and transmission dynamics do not change.
  • The number of cases are expected to fall by 25% this year.
  • However, a significant number of cases have gone unreported.
  • The WHO has urged that it is crucial to strengthen health services as a whole, including preventative measures, treatment and vaccination of vulnerable populations. 

South Africa cases update: 

  • SA currently has the 30th highest caseload, at 3.968 million; 1,127 new cases were reported yesterday.
  • Active cases are at 30,551; the Western Cape leads the way, with 8,772 active cases, followed by Kwazulu-Natal with 5,984.
  • Four Covid-19 deaths reported yesterday; deaths are at 101,317.
  • 3.836 million people (or 96,7%) have recovered from the virus.
  • 26.366 million tests have been conducted since 5 March 2020; 13,588 tests were conducted yesterday; the SA positivity rate is 8,3%.
  • 36.24 million vaccines have been administered in SA to date; 1,677 vaccines were administered yesterday.
  • 18.168 million people, or 45,65% of the SA adult population, have been fully vaccinated.
  • SA has launched a Global Vax campaign with the US to accelerate Covid-19 vaccinations and contribute to the goal of vaccinating 70% of the global population in 2022.

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