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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican, criticized President Donald Trump’s controversial comments on disinfectants and coronavirus as “a wrong message” sent to the public and revealed that his office received “hundreds of calls” from residents about the safety of ingesting disinfectants, Newsweek reported.

During a Thursday press conference, Trump remarked on the possibility of injecting household cleaning products to kill the novel coronavirus. The president claimed later that his comment was merely “sarcastic,” but Hogan voiced his disapproval of Trump’s behavior of spreading “misinformation.”

"Well, look I think it's really important, this has been important to me since day one, about communicating very clearly on the facts," Hogan said. "Because people listen to these press conferences. They listen when the governor holds a press conference and they certainly pay attention when the president of the United States is standing there giving a press conference about something as serious as this worldwide pandemic."

The Maryland governor continued to say that the Trump remark on disinfectants has forced Maryland to issue an official warning against consuming cleaning products.

“We have received several calls regarding questions about disinfectant use and COVID19,” the Maryland Emergency Management Agency tweeted on Friday. “This is a reminder that under no circumstances should any disinfectant product be administered into the body through injection, ingestion or any other route.”

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, also noted the increase in poisoning cases in her state after Trump’s press conference last week.

"We have seen an increase in numbers of people calling poison control and so I think it's really important that every one of us with a platform disseminate medically accurate information," Whitmer told ABC News on Sunday.

Public health experts have stated the danger of ingesting cleaning products, and the fact that they could not be a treatment to coronavirus. Among them was Dr. Deborah Birx, head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

"This is not a treatment," Birx told NBC. She also explained that Trump was commenting on the results of a recent study, which suggested that "direct sunlight may actually be able to kill the virus."

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