In Iran, almost 300 people died more than a thousand injured after the use of methanol against the background of false rumors in social networks that it helps the coronavirus, writes The Independent, citing Iranian media.
Global experts believe the actual figure of casualties from alcohol poisoning in the country could be much higher than reported.
"Those who have travelled for the Iranian New Year holidays should immediately return to their cities without making any stops in other cities on their way back home", said Hossein Zolfaghari, a member of Iran's national headquarters for fighting the coronavirus.
The poisonings took place after false remedies suggesting how one can cure coronavirus spread like wildfire across social media sites in the country. Global experts also fear Iran may be under-reporting its cases, as officials for days played down the virus ahead of a parliamentary election.
The death toll in Iran, one of the countries worst hit by the disease, meanwhile rose to 2,378 on Friday, a jump of 144, while its number of cases rose to 32,332, according to Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour.
Bloomberg had earlier reported that in Fars province 61 people had succumbed to drinking bootlegged methanol-based drink last week.
Methanol can't be smelled or tasted in drinks. Some families even reportedly force-fed methanol to infants, making them blind and leaving them with severe health complications including death.
Jahanpour said almost 2 900 of those infected are in a "severe" condition.
Iranian media studies practically 300 folks have been killed and greater than 1,000 sickened thus far by ingesting methanol throughout the Islamic Republic, the place ingesting alcohol is banned and the place those that do depend on bootleggers.
Muslim drinkers in Iran can be punished with cash fines and 80 lashes.
Whereas police sometimes announce alcohol busts, the commerce in unhazardous alcohol additionally continues. Imported vodka sells for $40 a bottle.
But now, in a time when even some mosques in Iran hand out high-proof alcohol as a sanitizer, officials plan to start work again at Shams to produce 22,000 liters of 99 percent alcohol a day.