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COVID-19 tracker 15 November 2021

SA now one-third fully vaccinated

Shireen Darmalingam

Vaccine update:

  • 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%.

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