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Booze ban could come back as virus infections rise

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‘Trauma units now cannot cope with patient numbers because of alcohol-related injuries,’ said Dr Gilles Van Cutsem of Doctors Without Borders.


03 Jul 2020
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Booze ban could come back as virus infections rise

Gauteng Premier David Makhura briefs media on Covid-19 regulations, Johannesburg, 2 July 2020. Picture: Twitter / @David_Makhura

With Gauteng faced with a sudden surge in coronavirus cases – increasing by thousands daily – Premier David Makhura has signalled a change of gear in dealing with Covid-19. Makhura said there was a need to tighten measures, which could include a possible relook at regulations governing hours in the sale of alcohol, expected to be among issues up for discussion during a provincial executive council meeting on Friday. Concurring with Makhura’s view, medical expert Dr Gilles Van Cutsem of Doctors Without Borders, on Thursday said a spike in alcohol consumption during alert level 3 also had a negative impact...

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