728 Iranians have died in Iran after ingesting toxic methanol, misled into the believe that it can cure the novel coronavirus.
The local health authority said that these deaths happened between 20th February and 7th April. Last year, 66 people had died from alcohol poisoning according to the same authority.
Kianoush Jahanpour, a spokesperson for the country’s Health Ministry said that more than 5,000 people had been poisoned from methanol alcohol, with some 90 losing their eyesight or suffering significant eye damage from such poisoning.
Iran is one of the worst affected countries with the pandemic in the Middle East, with 91,000 confirmed cases and over 5,806 deaths.
The Iranian Government obliges manufactures of toxic methanol to add an artificial colour to their products in order to help the public tell it apart from ethanol, which can be used in cleaning wounds.
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