The South African Health Department says as of Saturday, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases identified in South Africa at 1 659 070, with 4 515 new cases reported over the past 24 hours.

The number of tests conducted to date is 11 575 047 of these 39 618 tests were conducted since the last report.

In the last 24 hours, 70 deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 0, Free State three, Gauteng 26, Kwa-Zulu Natal three, Limpopo 0, Mpumalanga four, North West 0, Northern Cape 24 and Western Cape 10 which brings the total to 56 363 deaths.

The government conveyed condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased patients.

The cumulative recoveries now stand at 1 554 184 representing a recovery rate of 93. 7%

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The total vaccinated under the Sisonke Programme is 479 768. The total vaccinated in Phase Two as at midnight today is 484 108.

The vaccinations were with the first dose of Pfizer vaccine. Total individuals vaccinated; Sisonke and Pfizer first dose is 963 876.

Threat of a possible COVID-19 third wave looms in South Africa: