Prakasam district Superintendent of Police Siddharth Kaushal, who visited Kurichedu mandal headquarters, said the people had been consuming sanitizer for the past few days, mixing it with water and soft drinks. Similarly, seven people who were also admitted to the hospital with stomach pains, died on Friday.
The group turned to hand sanitizer "as a substitute" for liquor after licensed liquor stores were closed when authorities ordered a lockdown of the town to combat coronavirus.
A couple of other persons, who fell ill after consuming sanitizer, were undergoing treatment at their residences in the village, the police added.
India's federal government has reopened most businesses in order to prevent a severe economic crash.
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