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COVID-19 tracker 28 March 2022

A fifth wave likely in SA

Shireen Darmalingam

Global cases update: 

  • Cases have surpassed 482.177 million, while the death toll has breached 6.14 million; recoveries are at 416 million.
  • The US has 81.62 million cases, accounting for 17% of global cases; the US death toll is 1.0 million. 
  • India has 43.02 million cases and 521,066 deaths; Brazil has 29.84 million cases and 658,926 deaths.
  • Shanghai began a two-part lockdown to conduct mass testing today.
  • This will see half the city at a time in four-day turns locked down in an effort to control the virus outbreak. 
  • The Shanghai International Port will maintain operations around the clock during the lockdown.
  • Hong Kong will begin a home vaccination program for elderly and/or disabled residents; new infections there fell to 8,000 yesterday.
  • Omicron’s spread in South Korea has started to decline for the first time in 11 weeks.
  • Globally, more than 11.1 billion vaccine doses have been administered across 184 countries at a rate of 21.6 million doses a day.

Africa cases update: 

  • Africa’s Covid-19 cases are at 11.69 million; fatalities are at 252,441.
  • Morocco has 1.16 million reported cases, Nigeria 255,296, Ghana 160,925, Kenya 323,374.
  • Southern Africa is the most affected region in terms of caseload, followed by the northern and eastern parts of the continent.
  • Central Africa is the least affected region on the continent, according to the Africa CDC.
  • Ghana is expected to open land and sea borders to mark the end of Covid restrictions imposed at the beginning of the pandemic, and expects an economic rebound.

South Africa cases update: 

  • SA currently has the 27th highest caseload, at 3.713 million; 989 new cases were reported yesterday.
  • Active cases are at 13,723; Gauteng leads the way, with 4,195 active cases, followed by Kwazulu-Natal with 3,283.
  • There was 1 Covid-19 death reported yesterday; deaths are at 99,966.
  • 3.599 million people (or 96.9%) have recovered from the virus.
  • 23.744 million tests have been conducted since 5 March 2020; 16,849 tests were conducted yesterday; the SA positivity rate is 5.9%.
  • 33.405 million vaccines have been administered in SA to date; 4,759 vaccines were administered yesterday.
  • 17.433 million people, or 43.8% of the SA adult population, have been fully vaccinated.
  • Government commented on Friday that South Africans should remain vigilant as Covid has not yet been ‘defeated’.
  • Government urged those over 12 to get vaccinated. 
  • It warned of a possible 5th wave of infections in the coming weeks.
  • It is, however, expected to be less severe than previous waves.

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