Tippling point: booze-fuelled crimes soar after ban is booted

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Tippling point: booze-fuelled crimes soar after ban is booted

Expert predicts a ‘rebound’ in infections, with officials reporting a rise in alcohol-related accidents and offences

Senior reporter

Government’s lifting of the booze ban, put in place to help ease pressure on hospitals battling a second wave of Covid-19 infections, is likely to bring a slight increase in infections.

Ministerial advisory committee co-chair Prof Salim Abdool Karim issued this warning after President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement on the easing of the sale of alcohol last week that, adding: “It takes about seven to 10 days. I can’t predict how big it is going to be.”

But apart from the probable bump in new infections, fears of increased hospital admissions are being fulfilled...

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