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    Like many other countries affected by the new coronavirus pandemic, Australia has been experiencing a shortage of hand sanitizers.

    Australia’s Bundaberg Rum distillery said it will produce ethanol for hand sanitisers to be used in the country’s schools and hospitals during the continuing Covid-19 pandemic.

    The company said it will donate 100,000 liters of ethanol, which will be enough to produce nearly half a million bottles of hand sanitizer, to the Queensland Government.  

    "At a time like this we will always step up and contribute when Australians need it most,” said David Smith, managing director of Bundaberg Rum’s parent company Diageo Australia.

    Australia has seen a shortage of hand sanitisers after they were bought in panic by people amid coronavirus fears. As of 24 March, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country has exceeded 1,300, with seven deaths. 

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