Coronavirus: Japan Hospitals Find Way to Beat Sanitiser Shortage

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Strong alcoholic drinks can be used “when absolutely necessary” instead of hand sanitiser in Japanese hospitals, authorities said, as supplies run dry as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Spirits with an alcohol proof of between 70 and 83 per cent can be substituted to sterilise hands under new rules set out in a health ministry document obtained by AFP on Tuesday.

Some sake makers have begun producing stronger alcohol products to meet the demand for sanitiser.

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Under Japanese regulations, liquids designed for disinfection should contain between 76.9 and 81.4 per cent alcohol content. Any more than this is less effective and should be diluted, officials say.

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