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Ninth victim of Covid-19 sanitiser poisoning as mother-of-five dies in Yakutia

By The Siberian Times reporter
03 December 2020

The woman’s husband was among eight earlier confirmed victims.

A group of nine people, aged from 27 to 69 drank hand wash sanitiser during a gathering in the private house in the village of Tomtor, in Tattinsky Ulus (district) of Yakuti. Picture: News.ykt.ru 

Five children were orphaned with the unnamed mother’s death. 

She died while still unconscious from major internal organ damage, Republic of Sakha Health Ministry confirmed earlier today. 

Doctors battled for her life for ten days after she was flown from her native village of Tomtor following a case of antiseptic poisoning. 

A group of nine people, aged from 27 to 69 drank hand wash sanitiser during a gathering in the private house in the village of Tomtor, in Tattinsky Ulus (district) of Yakutia. 

They drank the dangerous hand wash when alcohol ran out. 

Ninth victim of Covid-19 sanitiser poisoning as mother-of-five dies in Yakutia 
Ninth victim of Covid-19 sanitiser poisoning as mother-of-five dies in Yakutia. Picture: News.ykt.ru 


Identities of the victims were not reported. 

Four people died on the spot, and three within hours of drinking the antiseptic. 

A 32-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman were flown by a medical evacuation  plane to a hospital in regional capital Yakutsk, where she died ten days later. 

Her husband died in the same tragedy earlier, the couple’s five children were left orphans. 

The ages of their children have not been released.

The sole survivor of the poisoning, a 32 year old man from the same village has been taken off a lung ventilator several days ago and moved to a recovery ward. 

In a separate case, another man died from drinking the same antiseptic in the Aldansky ulus of Yakutia. 

Tests showed that the antiseptic had extremely high content of methanol of up to 69 percent.The maximum allowed is 3.5 per cent.

Ninth victim of Covid-19 sanitiser poisoning as mother-of-five dies in Yakutia 
Businessman Alexander Kalinin, 44, pictured in court in Yekaterinburg. Picture: Vesti Rossiya


Businessman Alexander Kalinin, 44, whose company in Sverdlovsk region produced and supplied the antiseptic has been detained and appeared in court in Yekaterinburg. 

He faces a possible six year jail sentence for negligence that caused serious harm to health, and mass deaths.

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Comments (4)

Lot of unanswered questions here. In Mexico this year, over 20 people died from illegally produced tequila with high methanol content. The producers were arrested and face prison sentences or may already be in jail. Just wonder if these people drank this sanitizer on a regular basis without harmful effects if it had a low methanol content, then this batch was outrageously high and fatal. There definitely should be a warning on the packaging "Not for human consumption." In any case, this guy has serious liability for these unfortunate deaths.
SteveC, Odessa FL USA
10/12/2020 04:56
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I don't understand the company owner being responsible for their death's. Maybe a fine for the overage of methanol in the sanitizer, but it was never meant to be a drink replacing alcohol. That was ignorant of these poor people to do.
Christina Butler, United States
06/12/2020 23:18
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At 69% methanol I dont think its even safe to use on your hands. Such a sad way for children to lose there mum and dad
Alex, Sweden
06/12/2020 20:50
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a really sad story indeed. poor kids.
Benedikt MORAK, Russia
05/12/2020 08:56
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