Hundreds dead in Iran after consuming methanol thinking it was coronavirus protection

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An Iranian army soldier walks past rows of beds at a temporary 2,000-bed hospital for COVID-19 coronavirus patients set up by the army at the international exhibition center in northern Tehran, Iran, on Thursday, March 26, 2020.
(AP)CLICK HERE FOR FULL CORONAVIRUS COVERAGEThe government downplayed the crisis ahead of a parliamentary election, leaving the Iranian people with little trust in their lawmakers.“Unfortunately in some provinces, including Khuzestan and Fars, deaths from drinking methanol has exceeded the number of deaths by the new coronavirus,” Hassanian said.NOBEL LAUREATES CRITICIZE IRAN FOR OUTBREAK SECRECYIranian social media accounts falsely suggested a British school teacher and others cured themselves of the coronavirus with whisky and honey. Due to reports on the effectiveness of hand sanitizer in combating coronavirus, many started to consume industrial alcohol such as methanol in the belief it would protect them.IRAQIS PROTEST BURYING CORONAVIRUS DEADIran has reported over 29,000 confirmed cases and more than 2,200 deaths from the virus, the highest toll of any country in the Middle East.International experts, though, fear Iran may be under-reporting its cases.CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APPThe Associated Press contributed to this report.
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