Perhaps lending credence to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s reintroduction of a ban on alcohol sales, hospitals in the country’s Western Cape treated a record 312 trauma cases on Boxing Day compared to the daily average of 147, with the provincial health head, Dr. Keith Cloete, saying alcohol-related trauma was largely to blame. Meanwhile, Times Live reports that both the national and Western Cape governments are seeking the assistance of the military in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic as enhanced enforcement will be required to ensure the regulations, including the curfew and the mandatory wearing of masks in publlic are adhered to. This has raised concern though as violence against citizens by soldiers during earlier lockdowns was controversial and widely condemned.