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9 die drinking sanitizer amid coronavirus alcohol ban

9 die drinking sanitizer amid coronavirus alcohol ban”

Atleast nine persons died after consuming sanitizers at Kurichedu village in Prakasam district on Friday.

All liquor outlets in the two villages had been shut in the two villages in the wake of surge in cases as part of measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

They were alcohol-dependent, he added, and had started drinking the mixture about 10 days before they died.

The group lost consciousness after consuming a "high quantity" of hand sanitizer mixed with water or soda, Siddharth Kaushal, police superintendent for Kurichedu town in Andhra Pradesh state told AFP.

"We are investigating whether the sanitiser had any other toxic content. We have sent the stocks for chemical analysis", Mr Kaushal said.

While three persons died late on Thursday night, six others died on Friday morning and yet another person died while undergoing treatment, said Kurichedu Mandal Revenue Officer U. Ashok Vardhan after conducting a preliminary inquiry.

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The group turned to hand sanitizer "as a substitute" for liquor after licensed liquor stores were closed when authorities ordered a lockdown of the town to combat coronavirus.

"Some people who are heavily addicted to alcohol had been consuming hand sanitisers for the high", he told Reuters news agency.

Andhra Pradesh on Thursday reported a new record highest single-day new Covid positive cases of 10,167, the highest in India by any state on Thursday, taking the total to 130,557 cases.

Across India, infections jumped by 55,078 in the past 24 hours, while the death toll rose by 779 to 35,747, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on its website.

Earlier this week it was announced that yoga institutes and gyms would be allowed to reopen, and that restrictions would be lifted on the movement of goods and people.



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