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Ministry claims 'antivirus necklace' prevents COVID-19, experts beg to differ

  • Tri Indah Oktavianti and Kharishar Kahfi

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 6 2020   /  01:00 am
Illustration of eucalyptus and eucalyptus oil(Shutterstock.com/File)

The Agriculture Ministry plans to release a eucalyptus-based “antivirus necklace” that minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo claims can help prevent COVID-19 transmission. The “antivirus necklace” was “invented” by the ministry’s Health Research and Development Agency (Balitbangtan) and will be mass-produced next month, he said. It is one of four products developed by the ministry’s researchers intended to treat or prevent COVID-19. “It was [developed] by Balitbangtan. From 700 species of eucalyptus, our lab test results showed that one kind could kill the coronavirus. We are certain,” Syahrul said on Friday as reported by tribunnews.com. The former South Sulawesi governor boasted that the product could “kill” 42 percent of the coronavirus if worn for 15 minutes. “We have tried it. If we [use it] for 30 ...