The men in the town of Kurichedu in Andhra Pradesh are said to be addicted to alcohol.
“Some people heavily dependent on alcohol had consumed hand sanitizers for the high,” said Siddharth Kaushal, the district’s senior police official.
“Alcohol is not available due to the lockdown, but hand sanitizers are readily available. ”
Several other people who had also drunk disinfectant left the hospital, Kaushal said.
He added that some of those who died had other health problems.
Family members of the victims told police they fell unconscious hours after drinking the hand sanitizer, according to the Hindustan Times.
It is not known how much they consumed.
Local media said the victims were between 25 and 65 years old.
in recorded her steepest peak in the new coronavirus cases Saturday with 57,118 new cases in the past 24 hours. The Department of Health also reported 764 additional coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total to 36,511.
Most economic activities have reopened to avert financial catastrophe, but many states are isolating localized areas where infections have surged.
There is a strict lockdown in place in Kurichedu after reported cases in Andhra Pradesh increased ninefold in one month. Cases have tripled across the country during the same period.
The state has the highest rate of tests per million people in the country.