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Shane Warne's gin company shifts to making hand sanitisers to fight coronavirus
Coronavirus Pandemic

Shane Warne's gin company shifts to making hand sanitisers to fight coronavirus

Shane Warne has halted production of gin at a distillery he co-owns in order to manufacture medical-grade hand sanitiser for hospitals amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The legendary leg-spinner, who finished his illustrious career as the second-leading wicket-taker in Tests, responded to Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison's plea for companies to help wherever they can in the worsening health crisis.

"This is a challenging time for Australians and we all need to do what we can to help our healthcare system combat this disease and save lives," Warne said on his Instagram page.

"I am happy SevenZeroEight has the ability to make this shift and encourage others to do the same."

Warne has teamed up with two prominent surgeons to ensure their company supplies two major Western Australian hospitals with hand sanitisers at cost.

He co-founded SevenZeroEight gin last year but has now moved to pumping out 70-percent alcohol hand sanitisers indefinitely in the midst of the spiralling COVID-19 situation.

Warne was praised by his social media followers, who likened his steps to "community leaders" standing up for the betterment of people.

Warne's actions mirror the decision taken by an Ireland distillery to fill in the vacuum created by the shortage of hand sanitisers in the country.

Australia has thus far reported 874 confirmed cases of the coronavirus with seven deaths from the disease.