Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Hundreds die in Iran drinking neat alcohol after wrongly believing it cures coronavirus

Around 600 people have died and thousands are in hospital in Iran from drinking neat alcohol following a false coronavirus 'cure' claim.

The country has seen more than 62,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19, with more than 4,000 deaths.

And in a desperate bid to fight the virus, a worrying number of people have drunk high-concentration alcohol with the false belief it will protect them.

It has led to thousands being poisoned.

We previously reported how dozens had died from the false rumour - but a significant number of others have now suffered the same fate.

Iranian judicial spokesman Gholam Hossein Esmaili said: "The numbers are very high and are beyond our expectations.

"Alcohol consumption is not a cure but can be lethal."

Speaking to state-run Tasnim News Agency, he added: "A number of people have been arrested... and we will deal with them decisively.

"They must be held accountable for their criminal acts, for causing death and damage to citizens."

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