South Africa has recorded 1 387 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the country’s total cases to 1 544 466.

The death toll has climbed to 52 648 after 46 new deaths were reported.

Most of the new fatalities are from the Gauteng, which has recorded 16 deaths.

“Today, 46 more COVID-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape one, Free State seven, Gauteng 16, KwaZulu-Natal 14, Limpopo 0, Mpumalanga 0, North West 0, Northern Cape 0 and Western Cape eight; which brings the total to 52 648 deaths. We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased,” says Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize.

Tests and recoveries  

South Africa has conducted 9 779 615 tests so far, with 27 553 conducted in the last 24-hour cycle.

The private sector accounts for 56% (5 489 534) of total tests, while the public sector accounts for 44% (4 290 081).

The country’s recoveries stand at 1 471 164, with a recovery rate of 95%.

Vaccine rollout

The number of healthcare workers vaccinated under the Sisonke Protocol currently stands at 231 605.

Below are the latest SA COVID-19 statistics: