Spike in KZN accidents linked to drinking and driving

Spike in KZN accidents linked to drinking and driving

KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Sihle Zikalala says there's been a spike in the number of road accidents in the province over the last week.

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Zikalala has attributed the surge in incidents to drinking and driving. 

The ban on the sale of alcohol was lifted last week Monday as the country moved into Level 3 of the lockdown.

A total of 8 000 licenced liquor outlets have since opened for business.

"As we have started the alert Level 3, we note the sudden increase in the numbers of accidents reported," says Zikalala.

"These may be associated with drinking and driving. We implore the South African Police Services to ensure that they arrest people where a need for that is identified."

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ILembe and eThekwini remain hotspots for COVID-19 infections in the province. There are 3 108 cases in KZN, 61 deaths and 1 378 recoveries. 

Twenty-four thousand three hundred and sixty-four people diagnosed with COVID-19 in South Africa have recovered from the virus, but 998 have died. 

Mpumulanga's recorded its first fatality, while the Western Cape's registered another 45. The country's confirmed a total of 48 285 infections. 

Zikalala says the overall incidence risk for the province was 13.8 per 100 000 - calculating using active cases. ILembe and eThekwini show the highest incidence risk.

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