Dead In Andhra After Drinking Sanitiser With Water, Soft Drinks: Cops

A few policemen and locals were seen standing near a police zeep in a village in Andhra

A few policemen and locals were seen standing near a police zeep in a village in Andhra

Prakasam district Superintendent of Police Siddharth Kaushal told the Hindustan Times that they consumed hand sanitiser due to non-availability of liquor amid the coronavirus pandemic. He was rushed to the Darsi Government Hospital where he told police, who were investigating the death of a beggar from the previous night, that he and others were consuming sanitiser since several days.

The deaths in the town of Kurichedu, in Andhra Pradesh, came as India reported another record surge in daily COVID-19 cases, taking the total to 1.64 million.

He added that they had sent samples of the sanitiser away for chemical analysis.

While three persons died late on Thursday night, six others died on Friday morning and yet another person died while undergoing treatment, said Kurichedu Mandal Revenue Officer U. Ashok Vardhan after conducting a preliminary inquiry.

They were alcohol-dependent, he added, and had started drinking the mixture about 10 days before they died.

The incident took place in Kurichedu town, and the police said that the deceased had been drinking sanitiser, either mixed with alcohol or water, for at least the past week.

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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 reopened most businesses in order to prevent a severe economic crash.

Reported coronavirus cases in Andhra Pradesh have leapt nine-fold in a month, compared with about a three-fold increase in the country as a whole in the same period.

The state over the last 24 hours suffered 68 covid deaths, which takes the total death toll to 1,281 so far.

Earlier this week it was announced that yoga institutes and gyms would be allowed to reopen, and that restrictions would be lifted on the movement of goods and people.

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