EXPLAINER: Why alcohol sales were suspended

A woman walks past a closed liquor shop in Soweto after President Cyril Ramaphosa suspended alcohol sales.

A woman walks past a closed liquor shop in Soweto after President Cyril Ramaphosa suspended alcohol sales.

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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says the ban on alcohol restriction is evidence-based.

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JOHANNESBURG - Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says the ban on alcohol restriction is evidence-based.

“We would like to assure South Africans that the alcohol restriction is very much evidence-based. Studies have revealed that we, unfortunately, do not have a healthy relationship with alcohol,” said Mkhize.

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Mkhize said during Level 4 and 5 of the lockdown, a study by Parry et al showed that there was a 60 to 70 percent reduction in trauma admissions.

“Conversely, when alcohol restrictions were lifted during level three, facilities reported up to 60 percent increase in trauma emergency centre admissions and up to 200 percent increase in ICU trauma admissions,” he said.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says the ban on alcohol restriction is evidence-based.

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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says the ban on alcohol restriction is evidence-based.

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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says the ban on alcohol restriction is evidence-based.

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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says the ban on alcohol restriction is evidence-based.

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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says the ban on alcohol restriction is evidence-based.

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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says the ban on alcohol restriction is evidence-based.

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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says the ban on alcohol restriction is evidence-based.

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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says the ban on alcohol restriction is evidence-based.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says the ban on alcohol restriction is evidence-based.

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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says the ban on alcohol restriction is evidence-based.

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