The complete ban on alcohol sales during previous Covid-19 bans led to a decrease in the number of trauma cases in the country.
This is based on a. highlighted new study by the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Stellenbosch University.
The study shows that complete alcohol bans during levels 4 and 5 were effective in reducing trauma cases, while partial bans were fewer.
The study looked at trauma cases during the SA alcohol ban and assaults.
The research used data from all traumatized patients submitted from March 1 to September 29, 2020 at the Emergency Center at Mitchell’s Plain Hospital, and the corresponding periods in 2019 were exported from an existing database. < / span>
The total ban was tied to other restrictions, such as the ban on social gatherings and non-essential travel.
The a Alcohol restrictions at less severe levels like Level 3 showed a decrease in trauma cases by almost 20%.
“A more accurate reflection of the impact of the alcohol ban can be seen during Stage 3, where an 18.7% decrease occurred when the alcohol ban was reintroduced . This is roughly in line with the government’s expected 20% reduction in trauma cases.
“A subsequent 41% increase after the ban is lifted illustrates the impact of the alcohol sales ban,” said Dr Clint Hendrikse from the UCT Emergency Medicine Department.
Estimated loss of R64.8 billion during four bans
In July the SA Liquor Brand Owners Association (Salba) said that the four bans on the sale of spirits during the Covid-19 Pandemic The country’s GDP is estimated at R64.8 billion
Excluding the cost of the recent looting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, the R64.8 billion figure During the violence and destruction in the provinces, more than 500 m of liquor stocks were looted.
The first ban was enforced in March 2020, followed by a second in July and d the third in December. The fourth ban was imposed on June 28 this year and lifted 28 days later.
Salba chairwoman Sibani Mngadi said the four alcohol sales bans resulted in a total loss of retail sales resulted in sales of RAR 45.1 billion, equivalent to 15.8% of the sector’s forecast sales for 2020 and 2021.
Save lives over livelihood
In June, the then-incumbent minister in the presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, said that if the government had the choice, it would stand down during the Covid-19 -Pandemic will always choose to save lives by means of a livelihood.
She said the rise in Covid-19 cases was increasing but the county could not afford it to face a level 5 lockdown.
Ntshavheni urged companies and industries to enforce regulations in their facilities du rchetzen.
“We know that we have to save lives and the foundations of life. We as a nation, company, government and society must try to avoid another hard lockdown so that we can save jobs.
“If the government has a choice, save livelihoods or Saving lives, we will choose to save lives, because we can rebuild livelihoods, but lives we cannot. “