20 people die in Istanbul after drinking bootleg alcohol

Turkish police said that 20 people in Istanbul have died in a week after drinking bootleg alcohol, reported state-run Anadolu agency on Thursday.

The victims were all Turkmenistan nationals and a total of 34 people have been hospitalised due to poisoning from isopropyl alcohol, police said.

Police said some of the victims also rubbed the liquid on their bodies for supposed protection against the coronavirus.

Hand sanitiser that contains at least 60 percent alcohol may act as an effective disinfectant against coronavirus, but drinking alcohol has - incorrectly - also been rumoured to cure the virus.