Eight people die after ‘drinking hand sanitiser when they ran out of alcohol’

A businessman is facing jail after being accused of supplying lethal Covid-19 hand sanitiser which killed eight people.

Partygoers drank the deadly antiseptic hand wash when they ran out of alcohol.

But Russian criminal investigators say it is fortunate there were not more deaths after it was supplied to kindergartens, schools and a prison.

Entrepreneur Alexander Kalinin, 44, was shown on Russian TV appearing in court in Yekaterinburg, suspected of negligence, causing serious harm to health and death from supplying sanitiser with a dangerous methanol content of up to 69%.

The maximum allowed is 3.5%.

Pictures show containers of the poisonous hand wash seized by law enforcement in Sverdlovsk region.

Some 4,879 litres have been seized so far but police believe more was supplied, and have tracked it to kindergartens, schools, businesses and a jail.

A group of nine people drank the antiseptic hand wash when alcohol ran out at a party in Tomtor village, Yakutia region.

The first three victims who died were a 41-year-old woman and two men aged 27 and 59.

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Six others were flown by a medical evacuation aircraft to regional capital Yakutsk.

Four died and two remain in hospital.

Another victim died after drinking the same sanitiser in a separate incident.

The dead were aged between 28 and 69.

Methanol can cause kidney damage, blindness and death.

Health chiefs issued warnings to people not to consume sanitiser.

Kalinin faces up to six years in jail if convicted.

He is held under home arrest pending a full criminal investigation.

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