President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte advised citizens to use gasoline and diesel to disinfect protective masks, reports CNN Philippines on Friday, July 31.
“If you do not have a disinfectant spray, you can disinfect [masks] with gasoline or diesel fuel. Coronavirus will die,” said Duterte on Friday.
Filipino chemists, in turn, criticized the president’s recommendations, claiming the harmful effects of gasoline on human respiratory organs when used as a mask disinfectant. Specialists stressed that inhaling vapors of gasoline is dangerous for health.
According to the TV channel, it is not the first time that Duterte suggests using fuel for disinfection of protection means. Earlier, his words were taken as a joke, one he repeated the same advice and explained that he was not joking.
According to the Ministry of Health of the Philippines, which reports on the channel, a record number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours in the country – 4063. The total number of confirmed infections has reached 93,354. Coronavirus infected 2,023 people had died and 65,178 patients had been cured.