53 peo­ple die from al­co­hol poi­son­ing

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

The death toll from al­co­hol poi­son­ing in a Siberian city has risen to 53 on Tues­day af­ter the vic­tims con­sumed a coun­ter­feit bath lo­tion con­tain­ing deadly methanol. Lo­cal of­fi­cials in­tro­duced a state of emer­gency on Mon­day, while the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment called for tighter reg­u­la­tion of the al­co­hol mar­ket. The sale of lo­tions and tinc­tures con­tain­ing al­co­hol has risen in re­cent years as Rus­sia has plunged into re­ces­sion un­der the im­pact of Western sanc­tions and a slide in oil prices.

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