The false belief that methanol cures the coronavirus has left a string of victims in Iran. Official sources say that 700 Iranians have died trying to treat the coronavirus with this method, a figure higher than that recognized by the Ministry of Health.

An advisor to the Ministry, Hossein Hassanian, says the dance of numbers is due to the fact that some of the dead have done so at home, not in hospitals, and have therefore been taken off the radar.

Alcohol poisoning has increased tenfold in Iran this year, according to reports released by the government in early April amid the pandemic.

The study indicates that between February 20 and April 7, 728 Iranians have died from alcohol poisoning. A year ago the figure was no more than 66 deaths.

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