Coronavirus: Trump claims advice to inject disinfectant was just “sarcasm” – BBC News

One of the world’s biggest disinfectant manufacturers has issued an urgent warning, after President Trump suggested people could inject themselves with the substance to treat coronavirus.

The company which makes products including Dettol and Vanish warned that “under no circumstance” should its products be administered to humans “through injection, ingestion or any other route”.

Disinfectants are poisonous if ingested and even external exposure can be dangerous to the skin, eyes and respiratory system. The President’s comments were heavily criticised by medical experts. Later he said he was simply being sarcastic. 50,000 people have now died in the United States from coronavirus infection.

Meanwhile Turkey is also enduring coronavirus lockdown, with a large number of cases. The authorities there say the outbreak is under control but medical sources have told the BBC that the real number of deaths in the country is not being reported.

Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reports from North America Editor Jon Sopel and International Correspondent Orla Guerin.

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