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Pretoria – Just days after the alcohol ban was lifted and the curfew eased, paramedics had their hands full with trauma cases from car accidents.
Xander Loubser, spokesman for the Best Care ambulance, said motorists should be responsible.
“I want to remind the public that Covid-19 still exists.
“It seems that there are people who are irresponsible drinkers, so there have been a lot of trauma cases. Drinking and driving is also a problem. “
Loubser said two people were seriously injured in an accident at the intersection of Lynnwood Road and Albeth Street in The Wilgers around 9 a.m. on Sunday.
The two, a man and a woman, were seriously injured and both vehicles were wrecked.
A truck and vehicle collided head-on on Van der Hoff Street in Hercules on Saturday evening. The driver of the car broke his arm. He was treated on the spot before being taken to the hospital.
Earlier in the day, there was another accident on the Mabopane highway that involved a family of three that resulted in a driver of the vehicle they were traveling in losing control. “All three were seriously injured.”
Loubser said a woman was killed in another accident in western Pretoria on Friday night.
“The driver lost control and the vehicle overturned. A woman (passenger) died and the driver was taken to hospital with serious injuries, ”he said.
Ambu-Link ambulance service said a Putco bus and vehicle were involved in an accident over the weekend. No injuries were reported.
The increase in accidents was attributed to President Cyril Ramaphosa last month, who announced plans to facilitate the sale of alcohol, allowing licensed facilities Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for off-site consumption and licensed facilities for on-site consumption can be sold every weekday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The director of the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Research for the SA Medical Research Council, Professor Charles Parry, said if the nation did not learn from the lessons learned about the effects of heavy drinking during the pandemic, it would repeat history.
The World Health Organization (WHO) released data in 2019 that put South Africa in fifth place in the world for drinking.
The SA’s Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance said the transition to Level 1 was premature.
The organization said holidays are known to be times when people drink a lot. Also, there would be a lot of traffic on the streets over Easter when people went on vacation.
Statistics have shown that Covid-19 infections in South Africa have decreased, with an average of 1,140 new infections reported per day.
That’s 6% of the high – the highest daily average reported on January 11th.
Since the outbreak, 1,520,206 infections and 50,647 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in the country.