South Africa has implemented a number of restrictions in its coronavirus lockdown, including a ban on alcohol sales. And it might be working to help the country curb the pandemic.
“It is vital that we do not burden our clinics and hospitals with alcohol-related injuries that could have been avoided. We have therefore decided that in order to conserve hospital capacity, the sale, dispensing and distribution of alcohol will be suspended with immediate effect.” — Ramaphosa said in a statement.
Experts said admissions and visits related to trauma dropped 60% during the time of the ban. But admissions increased between the two bans, according to BBC News.
- “The ban definitely had a beneficial impact. There was a dramatic reduction in alcohol-related trauma admissions to hospitals. That would have included alcohol-based violence, gender-based violence, car accidents and so on.” — Maurice Smithers, chair of the Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance, an advocacy organization, told CNN.