Ongoing vaccinations the way forward
Global cases update:
- Cases have surpassed 458.57 million, while the death toll has breached 6.06 million; recoveries are at 391.8 million.
- The US has 81.17 million cases, accounting for 18% of global cases; the US death toll is 993,811.
- India has 42.99 million cases and 515,907 deaths; Brazil has 29.36 million cases and 655,139 deaths.
- China has locked down the city of Shenzhen, home to more than 17 million people as cases surge.
- Shanghai too has imposed restrictions.
- Hong Kong has 300,000 people in isolation/home quarantine; cases there have plateaued at about 30,000 per day.
- Pfizer has indicated that a second booster shot against Covid is needed “right now” because of waning immunity.
- Globally, more than 10.9 billion doses have been administered across 184 countries at a rate of 21.3 million doses a day.
Africa cases update:
- Africa’s Covid-19 cases are at 11.63 million; fatalities are at 251,743.
- Morocco has 1.16 million reported cases, Nigeria 254,953, Ghana 160,716, Kenya 323,183.
- The Africa CDC has signed a memorandum of understanding with Pfizer to bring supplies of the Paxlovid antiviral COVID-19 pills to the continent.
- Moderna has signed a deal with Kenya to build its first mRNA facility.
- SA’s Aspen has indicated that it will sell, package and distribute Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.
- The CDC noted that African countries should be using a combination of public health measures, vaccines, testing and other treatments in their efforts to overcome the pandemic this year.
South Africa cases update:
- SA currently has the 24th highest caseload, at 3.694 million; 972 new cases were reported yesterday.
- Active cases are at 18,341; KwaZulu-Natal leads the way, with 6,027 active cases, followed by Gauteng with 4,694.
- There were 13 Covid-19 deaths reported yesterday; deaths are at 99,725.
- 3.57 million people (or 96.8%) have recovered from the virus.
- 23.41 million tests have been conducted since 5 March 2020; 17,697 tests were conducted yesterday; the SA positivity rate is 5,5%.
- 32.548 million vaccines have been administered in SA to date; 5,344 vaccines were administered yesterday.
- 17.223 million people, or 43.28% of the SA adult population, have been fully vaccinated.
- The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) will meet today to discuss updated lockdown restrictions.
- Ministers have been given until this week to draft new regulations that will replace the state of disaster.
- New, more permanent, long-term regulations are expected to help manage Covid in the country.