ANKARA 

Turkey has temporarily scrapped ethanol requirement in gasoline in a bid to boost disinfectant production in the country, and ward off the coronavirus outbreak, the country’s industry and technology minister said on Friday.

“The obligation to mix 3% ethanol into gasoline is suspended for three months. Thus, ethanol demand of refineries will decrease,” Mustafa Varank said.

The move aims to meet ethanol need in disinfectant and cologne production along with boosting the production.

Cologne is a popular traditional ethanol-based scented disinfectant in Turkey.

Turkey confirmed the second case of the coronavirus on Friday after the first case was announced

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