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June 28, 2021

GlobalData Epidemiologist Report: South Africa sees significant rise in Covid cases

By Paul Dennis

28 June

Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 181,155,000 cases, with more than 3,924,000 deaths and over 131,214,000 recoveries reported.

The US, India, and Brazil occupy the first, second, and third positions, respectively for total confirmed Covid-19 cases.

On 27 June, of these three leading countries, Brazil reported the highest number of deaths at 2,332, followed by India at 1,258 and the US at 312.

Both India and Brazil have seen 19% decreases in deaths since last week, and the US has seen a decrease of 5%.

In Brazil, the seven-day average cases reported remains high at over 70,000.

Concerns have been raised over the country’s vaccination efforts as evidence has emerged that some 4.1 million Brazilians have not returned for their second dose, which represents 16% of those eligible.

This may lead to many of these individuals requiring a first dose again.

South Africa has seen a significant increase in cases.

The country’s seven-day reported case average is approximately 15,000 cases, an increase of 29% since last week.

On Sunday, president Cyril Ramaphosa announced, “a third wave is gathering in strength and force.”

New restrictions have been introduced to curb the virus, including a ban on alcohol sales, most public gatherings, and a longer curfew.

Across Australia, for the first time in months cases have been recorded across multiple regions at the same time, prompting lockdowns in Sydney and Darwin, as well as restrictions across four states.

Yesterday, 42 new cases were reported.

Australia’s current seven-day average is reported at 22 cases up 87% from the previous week’s average.

Zoë Nicolaou, Intern in Epidemiology at GlobalData

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