Western Cape sees increase in alcohol-related hospital admissions

Health authorities say while it will take a week to gather accurate statics, reported cases so far show an increase in alcohol-related admissions. Courtesy of #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - Days into the lifting of the lockdown booze ban and already Western Cape hospitals are seeing an increase in the number of alcohol-related admissions.

The province's head of health Dr Keith Cloete says trauma and emergency wards are feeling the impact.

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Health authorities say while it will take a week to gather accurate statics, reported cases so far show an increase in alcohol-related admissions. 

Authorities are calling for people to drink responsibly. 

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Meanwhile, the Cape Town International Convention Centre -- which has been converted into a field hospital -- will open its doors on Friday. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to visit Cape Town to assess the Western Cape's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The province currently accounts for more than 60 percent of infections.

Ramaphosa will be accompanied by Premier Alan Winde.

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