- More than 700 people have died in Iran after ingesting poisonous methanol thinking it can cure the deadly coronavirus
- Toxic methanol has killed at least 728 Iranians between February 20 and April 7, 2020
- Some 90 people have also lost their eyesight or are suffering eye damage as a result
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Over 700 people have been confirmed dead in Iran after ingesting poisonous methanol, mistakenly thinking it has the potency to cure the new coronavirus.
Aljazeera.com reports that the National Coroner's Authority said the toxic alcohol has killed at least 728 Iranians between February 20 and April 7, 2020.
The report highlighted that only 66 persons died from alcohol poisoning in 2019.
As Iran grapples with the novel coronavirus pandemic, the country has witnessed an alarming increase of alcohol poisoning in 2019/2020 according to a government report released earlier in April 2020.
Iranian health ministry spokesman, Kianoush Jahanpour, said 5,011 people had been poisoned from methanol alcohol.
He added that some 90 people have also lost their eyesight or are suffering eye damage as a result.
According to Hossein Hassanian, a health ministry adviser, the final tally of people who lost their eyesight could increase.
Currently, Iran is dealing with the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the Middle East with 5,806 deaths over 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.
The Iranian government mandates that manufacturers of toxic methanol add an artificial colour to their products so the public can tell it apart from ethanol, the kind of alcohol that can be used in cleaning wounds.
Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has debunked misconceptions and myths which have further heightened people’s fears and panic among many.
The World Health Organisation outlined some of the 14 common myths about the COVID-19 which has claimed the lives of over 10,000 people around the world as at the time this was being published.
In other news, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and a Kumasi-based diagnostic company, Incas Diagnostics, have invented a Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) to aid in the fight against the coronavirus.
A statement released by the KNUST Public Relations Officer, Daniel Norris, said the Rapid COVID-19 Diagnostic test will serve as a complementary product to the current Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing for COVID-19.
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