Illegal booze called up to fight the virus

A National Revenue officer inspects some of the alcohol that will soon become disinfectant. Krajowa Administracja Skarbowa

The prosecutor’s office and the National Revenue Administration are releasing hundreds of thousands of litres of confiscated ethyl alcohol so that it can be converted into disinfectant and funnelled into the fight against the coronavirus.

The 430,000 litres of alcohol comes in the bottled form of vodka and rectified spirit, which has a 95-percent-proof punch. The alcohol had been earmarked for destruction but the desperate need for disinfectant liquid has given it a new lease of life.

In total some 430,000 litres of alcohol will be donated to the war on the virus.Krajowa Administracja Skarbowa

“Due to the growing need for disinfectants, invaluable in the fight against the coronavirus epidemic, (we are) pass on ethyl alcohol confiscated during criminal proceedings,” the prosecutor’s office and National Revenue Administration said in a statement released on Friday.

“It will be used to disinfect buildings, rooms and means of transport,” the statement continued. “These will be primarily health care facilities, but it will also be used for the fire brigade, the police and border guard, and public administration units.

The move follows in the wake of similar steps taken at a local level. The Olsztyn branch of the National Revenue Administration has already handed over 1,500 litres of alcohol to two local hospitals, and a 1,000 litres to the fire brigade.