Iranian media reports that a minimum of 44 people have died from alcohol poisoning and hundreds are hospitalized after consuming bootleg alcohol in a shot to treat the coronavirus.
The Middle Eastern country, which has been especially hit hard by the coronavirus – with 8,042 confirmed cases and a minimum of 291 deaths as of Tuesday – has struggled to forestall the spread of the virus.
The majority of deaths attributed to the coronavirus within the geographical region are in Iran.
A false rumor has circulated throughout the country that drinking alcohol can cure or prevent the coronavirus. Drinking alcohol is prohibited within the country.
Some citizens, in step with Iran Health Ministry official Ali Ehsanpour, drank alcohol that substituted toxic methanol for ethanol, using bleach to mask the colour. Seven bootleggers are arrested.
In one a part of the country, Khuzestan, more people have died from alcohol poisoning than from the coronavirus therein area, in step with the state agency IRNA. over 30 people have died from poisoning, and 18 have died from the virus.
The rumor also has circulated throughout Indian social media, reports NDTV and therefore the Times of India, which the globe Health Organization has debunked. One iteration of the rumor suggests that spraying alcohol or chlorine can prevent the coronavirus from entering the body.