Several drank poisonous substance believed to be cure for COVID-19

43-y-o Muriel Edwards, of Princeville, Potaro/Siparuni, is now dead after she consumed a poisonous substance they believe could cure COVID-19.

One of the family members died of COVID-19 recently.

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Several other family members also drank the poisonous  substance used for fishing.

 The juice is extracted from a vine and is used to poison fish. It is also used to consume in a small quantity mixed with water for medicinal purposes to treat tuberculosis and high blood pressure.

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Sometime after consuming the substance, the deceased began to vomit and fell unconscious.

The victim was rushed to the Mahdia District Hospital and was later pronounced dead on arrival.

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The other two family members also complained about feeling unwell and were later taken to the said hospital where they were seen and examined by a doctor on duty and treated and sent away.

The body of the deceased was examined but no marks of violence were seen on the most exposed parts of her body.

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A post mortem examination was done today and the cause of death was ruled inconclusive.

Samples were taken and dispatched to the lab for further testing.

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