Consumption of poisonous alcohol in Iran to prevent contracting novel coronavirus has resulted in the death of at least 20 people, a health official announced on Monday.

“Some ignorant people suppose that consumption of alcohol will prevent infections with the COVID-19,” Kianush Jahanpur, head of Public Relations and Information Center of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, was quoted as saying by Iran’s Labor News Agency (ILNA).”Due to this wrong assumption, over the past two days, 331 people were reported as poisoned by alcohol consumption, and 20 of them have died, which is a disaster,” said Jahanpur.

Alcohol cannot prevent contracting the disease, but it can be used for sterilising, he added.In recent days, patients in Tehran, Alborz and Khuzestan provinces were poisoned with methanol-rich alcohol consumption, who hoped to prevent coronavirus infection. Alcoholic drinks are banned in the Islamic Republic, but some use smuggled alcoholic products or home-distilled spirits carrying the danger of high methanol content that can make people very sick or even bring about poisoning deaths.

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