Indonesian Ministry claims ‘antivirus necklace’ prevents Covid-19, experts beg to differ

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,” he said on Friday as reported by

The former South Sulawesi governor boasted that the product could “kill” 42 per cent of the coronavirus if worn for 15 minutes.

“We have tried it. If we [use it] for 30 minutes, it can kill 80 per cent [of the coronavirus].

“We have also produced a roll-on . If we ever get cut by a knife, the wounds can be healed by applying the product,” Syahrul claimed.

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