Durban cancels breathalyser tests to slow down coronavirus spread

Durban cancels breathalyser tests to slow down coronavirus spread

- Metro police will no longer use breathalysers to test drivers alcohol levels to slow the spread of Covid-19

- They have insisted that this will not deter them from enforcing the law

- South African's from Wuhan return today as fears mount over the virus

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The metro police in eThekwini will no longer be using breathalysers to test if drivers are over the limit in a bit to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Briefly.co.za learned that roadblocks will no longer test drivers with the devices which measure their alcohol levels in the blood based on the alcohol present in their breath.

A voice note allegedly sent by Steve Middleton, head of the metro police, announced that the new measures would be implemented according to the sowetanlive.co.za.

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He confirmed via Facebook that he had sent the voice note and it was legitimate.

"As the Legislated Head of EThekwini / Durban Metro Police, I felt in the interests of both members of our service and the community at large to place an immediate moratorium on the use of alcohol breatherlysers at all Roadblocks. This in no way negates the enforcement practice for the infringement of drunken Driving and or driving under the influence, but reduces risk to life and limb we currently face aligned to the spread of the the Corona virus"

Middleton made it clear that the metro police would still enforce the rules of the road and drunken driving would not be tolerated.

Fears of the coronavirus have begun to spread through South Africa and people are watching the news closely as the aeroplane that flew to Wuhan to bring back the stranded South African citizens is due to return today.

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The Heraldlive reported that 122 citizens are returning today from Wuhan and they will be quarantined for 21 days, which may be extended if any of the patient's exhibit symptoms of Covid-19.

The infection rate in China has slowed down to a crawl but Europe has become the new epicentre of the pandemic.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged the world to take the virus seriously and to implement all possible measures to slow the disease. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has the following to say.

'Our message to countries continues to be: you must take a comprehensive approach. Not testing alone, not quarantine alone, not social distancing alone – you must do it all."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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