The Western Cape Health Department has recorded a significant surge in trauma-cases, since last week Friday, when the country moved to Level 1 of the lockdown.

Head of Health, Dr Keith Cloete says the end-of-the-month weekend coincided with the further lifting of alcohol-sales restrictions, leading to an increase of alcohol-related injuries and trauma.

He says this influx was seen at 17 of the province’s emergency centres.

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