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Trauma cases almost double 24 hours after alcohol ban lifted - Bara Hospital

Many South Africans lined up outside liquor shops on Monday as restrictions on the sale of alcohol were lifted with the move to level 3 of lockdown.

FILE: Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital said that the facility had treated more patients in its trauma units with alcohol-related incidents in the past 24 hours.

Many South Africans lined up outside liquor shops on Monday as restrictions on the sale of alcohol were lifted with the move to level 3 of lockdown.

The hospital's CEO Nkele Lesia: "Within 24 hours of alcohol being allowed, the number of cases in the trauma unit almost doubled. The majority of the patients were drunk, a few patients had gunshot wounds and injuries from general assaults."

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