Australia spin legend Shane Warne's distillery has started manufacturing hand sanitizer instead of gin to make up for the shortage of the alcohol-based solution and "save lives" from the clutches of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has so far claimed over 9000 lives and infected more than 2,00,000 people across the world. <p></p> <p></p>Instead of making alcohol, Warne's company, 'SevenZeroEight Gin', has started producing "medical-grade 70 % alcohol" hand sanitizer on March 17 for two Western Australian hospitals. "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," said Warne in a statement. <p></p> <p></p>"I am happy SevenZeroEight has the ability to make this shift and encourage others to do the same." <p></p> <p></p>The coronavirus, which first origined in Wuhan in China's Hubei province, has crippled health care systems and affected economies across the world, besides bringing sports activities to a halt. <p></p> <p></p>Australia has so far reported 565 confirmed cases besides six deaths. <p></p> <p></p>The rising cases has led to panic buying in some parts of Australia with hand sanitizers being the most in-demand. <p></p> <p></p>The deadly disease has also led to the postponement of many sports events in the country, including cricket. <p></p> <p></p>The three-ODI series against New Zealand was called off, while the upcoming three-T20 International series in New Zealand, starting March 24 was postponed. The remainder of the Sheffield Shield competition has been cancelled too. <p></p> <p></p>The Australian women's cricket team, which won the T20 World Cup recently, also had its limited-overs tour of South Africa cancelled.