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My husband died drinking tank cleaner we thought was a cure

A WIDOW says she is devastated after her husband died from drinking fish tank cleaner made of a chemical that Donald Trump has touted as a potential coronavirus treatment.

The unnamed Arizona couple, both in their 60s, downed a teaspoonful of chloroquine phosphate with soda.

They had seen Mr Trump promoting anti-malaria drug chloroquine, the active ingredient of which is chloroquine phosphate, as a possible cure for Covid-19 during his regular press conferences.

But the dose they took — likely to have been vastly higher than in a malaria pill — proved disastrous.

The woman, who had the cleaner because she keeps koi carp, told NBC the couple had been self-isolating and grew worried that they were getting sick.

She added: ‘I saw the cleaner sitting on the back shelf and I said, “Hey isn’t that the stuff they were talking about on TV”?’ Minutes after downing it, both became dizzy and hot. ‘My husband got so bad so fast,’ the woman said. ‘I was holding his hand. He died while they were working on him in ER. This is a heartache I will never get over.

‘It feels like my heart is broken and it’ll never mend.’

Chloroquine is being trialled as a potential treatment but there is no hard evidence that it works.