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COVID-19 tracker 11 April 2022

Covid outbreak in China worsening

Shireen Darmalingam

Global cases update: 

  • Cases have surpassed 499 million, while the death toll has breached 6.2 million; recoveries are at 448 million.
  • The US has 82.06 million cases, accounting for 17% of global cases; the US death toll is 1.0 million. 
  • India has 43.03 million cases and 521,722 deaths; Brazil has 30.15 million cases and 661,309 deaths.
  • The outbreak in China is worsening, with new cases in Shanghai increasing by 26,000.
  • Shanghai will adopt a strategy of “static management of the whole region” among its 25 million population.
  • The number of new Covid infections in Hong Kong is on the decline.
  • The WHO has commented that the global average of true infection numbers is believed to be 16 times higher than the number of confirmed cases reported.
  • Globally, more than 11.4 billion vaccine doses have been administered across 184 countries at a rate of 22.8 million doses a day.

Africa cases update: 

  • Africa’s Covid-19 cases are at 11.79 million; fatalities are at 253,144.
  • Morocco has 1.164 million reported cases, Nigeria 255,606, Ghana 161,048, Kenya 323,541.
  • The WHO noted that two-thirds of people in Africa might already have had Covid.
  • A WHO study released last week notes that around 800 million people on the continent might have already been infected by last September.
  • With limited access to testing facilities for much of Africa’s population, many infections have gone undetected.
  • Testing was also mainly for symptomatic patients in hospitals and travellers requiring negative PCR results. 

South Africa cases update:

  • SA currently has the 29th highest caseload, at 3.732 million; 828 new cases were reported yesterday.
  • Active cases are at 12,668; Gauteng leads the way, with 4,942 active cases, followed by Kwazulu-Natal with 4,303.
  • There were 0 Covid-19 deaths reported yesterday; deaths are at 100,096.
  • 3.619 million people (or 97%) have recovered from the virus.
  • 24.060 million tests have been conducted since 5 March 2020; 17,739 tests were conducted yesterday; the SA positivity rate is 5.3%.
  • 34.146 million vaccines have been administered in SA to date; 5,845 vaccines were administered yesterday.
  • 17.639 million people, or 44.32% of the SA adult population, have been fully vaccinated.
  • President Cyril Ramaphosa last week declared an end to the state of disaster which was implemented more than two years ago to manage the pandemic.
  • Transitional provisions such as wearing of face masks at indoor public spaces and limits on gatherings will remain in place until new regulations have been promulgated.
  • Ramaphosa noted that “the end of the state of disaster is a firm commitment to rebuild our economy”. 

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