Ten dead after drinking sanitiser in Indian state

Elias Hubbard
August 1, 2020

At least 10 people died after allegedly consuming sanitiser as an alternative to liquor in a village under COVID-19 lockdown in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh, the police said today.

Kurichedu is now under lockdown due to spurt in coronavirus cases and as such the liquor vends are also shut for the past few days. We have seized some stock of sanitisers from some shops while those with medical shops would be examined for chemical contents.

The victims of Kurichedu village had been drinking sanitiser for the past few days, mixing it with water and soft drinks, Prakasam district Superintendent of Police Siddharth Kaushal said. While seven persons died Friday morning, three died over the past two days at Darsi Government Hospital where they were admitted after complaints of severe stomach ache and vomiting.

The group turned to hand sanitizer "as a substitute" for liquor after supplies were cut off when authorities ordered a lockdown of the town to combat the coronavirus, he added.

YSR Congress Party MLA from Darsi Venugopala Rao, who visited the village, urged people not to consumer sanitiser as it could prove fatal.

India's federal government has allowed most economic activities across the country to cushion the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, many states are continuing to enforce lockdowns in specific areas as clusters of the virus emerge.

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.

Meanwhile, India has recorded more than 55,000 new infections nationally over the past 24 hours.

The deaths in Kurichedu occurred shortly before India's coronavirus death toll passed 35,000 on Friday, overtaking that of Italy.

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