Over 700 people have allegedly died in Iran from alcohol poisoning after erroneously thinking it can cure the new coronavirus.
According to the national coroner’s authority, alcohol poisoning killed 728 Iranians between February 20 and April 7. Although last year, there were only 66 deaths from alcohol poisoning, according to the report.
Iranian health ministry spokesman, Kianoush Jahanpour, said 5,011 people had been poisoned from methanol alcohol, adding that some 90 people have lost their eyesight or are suffering eye damage from the alcohol poisoning.
Hossein Hassanian, a health ministry adviser, said the final tally of people who lost their eyesight could be much higher.
Iran is facing the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East with 5,806 deaths and more than 91,000 confirmed cases.
Methanol cannot be smelled or tasted in drinks. It causes delayed organ and brain damage. Symptoms include chest pain, nausea, hyperventilation, blindness and even coma.