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COVID-19 tracker 27 September 2021

Vaccinations still need to speed up

Shireen Darmalingam

Vaccine update:

  • Globally, over 6.13 billion vaccines have been administered across 184 countries at a rate of 29.4 million doses a day.
  • Pfizer is expected to submit data to the FDA within the next few days regarding vaccines for 5 to 11-year-olds. 
  • A shortage of healthcare workers and logistical flaws are disrupting Indonesia’s vaccination efforts. 
  • Africa’s vaccination drive is gaining momentum in almost all countries — but Africa’s 30% vaccination goal by year-end seems unlikely.
  • Morocco, SA, Egypt, Nigeria and Zimbabwe have the highest number of vaccine doses on the continent.
  • Locally, 16.827 million vaccines have been administered to date; 9,419 vaccines were administered yesterday in SA.
  • SA officials will meet British scientists today seeking an explanation for SA’s continued inclusion on the UK’s red travel list.
  • The UK has cited the Beta variant in SA as the reason but SA scientists have indicated that Beta has been completely overtaken by the Delta variant.
  • Kenya, Egypt and Turkey have been removed from Britain’s red list.

Global cases update:

  • Cases have surpassed 232.60 million, while the death toll has surpassed 4.76 million; recoveries are at 209.23 million.
  • The US has 43.75 million cases, accounting for 18% of global cases; the US death toll is 706,317. 
  • India has 33.67 million cases and 447,225 deaths; Brazil has 21.35 million cases and 594,484 deaths.
  • Several states in the US are preparing for rationed medical care.
  • Japan is preparing to remove states of emergency countrywide.
  • Singapore cases almost doubled to new records; renewed lockdown restrictions kick in today.
  • The WHO is once again probing the origins of the virus.

Africa cases update:

  • Africa’s Covid-19 cases are at 8.31 million; fatalities are at 209,300.
  • Morocco has 929,305 reported cases, Nigeria 204,456, Ghana 126,621, Kenya 248,461.

South Africa cases update:

  • SA currently has the 17th highest caseload, at 2.896 million; 967 new cases were reported yesterday.
  • Active cases are at 49,798; KwaZulu-Natal leads the way, with 23,149 active cases, followed by the Free State with 7,500.
  • Covid-19 deaths rose by 51 yesterday, to 87,052; 2.76 million people (or 95.3%) have recovered from the virus.
  • 17.57 million tests have been conducted since 5 March 2020; 19,160 tests were conducted yesterday.
  • The SA positivity rate is 5.0%.

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