SEVEN people have died after drinking hand sanitiser after running out of booze at a party in Russia, reports say.
Two of the boozers reportedly remain in a coma after knocking back the chemical substance in Tomtor in the east of the country.
A total of of nine people drank the antiseptic wash widely used to clean hands during the coronavirus pandemic.
The first three victims were a 41-year-old woman and two men aged 27 and 59 while three more men died yesterday as well as one today.
After the first three died, six others were flown by a medical evacuation aircraft to regional capital Yakutsk.
In a statement, the federal public health watchdog said: “Nine cases of poisoning with sanitiser have been registered, including seven that were fatal .”
The regional state prosecutor said: “The poisoning took place as a result of drinking sanitiser.”
According to reports, the party goers drank the sanitiser, which was 69 per cent methanol, when they ran out of alcohol.
A criminal case has been opened, meanwhile local health officials have warned locals not to drink the antiseptic.
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This comes after three people died and one person was left blind, after guzzling hand sanitiser containing methanol, New Mexico health bosses said in June.
Three others are in a critical condition as a result of the incident which officials said was related to alcoholism.
“All seven people are believed to have drunk hand sanitizer containing methanol,” said health officials.