Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says strict precautionary measures will be taken over the Easter weekend to prevent potential coronavirus super spreader events.

His statement comes as experts advised government to put the country under a stricter lockdown level for the Easter weekend.

They have warned that a third wave of coronavirus infections could hit South Africa after the holiday period.

South Africa will mark one year on Friday since the country was placed under hard lockdown.

Mkhize says it is crucial to take safety measures, particularly over the holiday period.

Watch the video below for the full interview with the minister: 

Cancellation of  Easter church service 

Meanwhile, Archbishop Daniel Mathe of the St. Johns Apostolic Faith Mission Church of South Africa, says with the imminent threat of the third wave after Easter, the church has decided to cancel their Good Friday service in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus.

What we are saying is that we cannot hold Easter because of this disease, it kills. It is very dangerous. That is why we have cancelled the Good Friday (service); we are only having the Sunday prayer.”

South Africa has recorded more than 1.5 million cases of the coronavirus and more than 52 000 deaths – a number expected to increase if social behaviour is not altered, especially heading into the Easter weekend.

Latest SA COVID-19 stats:

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