New Delhi | Jagran Trending Desk: In the history of remembering varieties of masks produced during the coronavirus pandemic, a mask made up of gold would surely be on the top of the list. A man in the Pimpri-Chinchwad district of Pune, Shankar Kurade, has got himself a gold mask made worth of Rs. 2.89 lakh.

"It's a thin mask with minute holes so that there's no difficulty in breathing. I'm not sure whether this mask will be effective," told the man to news agency ANI.

Pictures of the man wearing the gold mask have gone viral on social media since the news agency ANI has shared them on twitter.

However, Shankar is not sure about the effectiveness of this mask to protect him from the novel coronavirus but the idea stuck him soon after he saw a video of a man wearing a silver mask on social media.

 

"I saw a video on social media of a man in Kolhapur wearing a silver mask and then an idea struck me to have a mask of gold. I talked to a goldsmith and he gave me this five and a half pound gold mask in a week," said Kurade.

Soon after the pictures went viral, reactions of netizens started pouring in, mocking the man to have got a face mask made worth of 2.89 lakhs when he is not even sure of his effectiveness.

 

Some of the popular comments are:

While many joked, others suggested that he could have used this money to buy reusable cotton masks for poor people or those in need.

In a statement to ANI, he revealed that he has been fond of wearing gold ornaments since his childhood as he was seen loaded with gold jewellery in his hands and neck.

"All my family members love gold, if they too demand it, then I will get it designed for them too. I do not know if I will be infected with coronavirus wearing a gold mask or not, but following all the rules of the government can prevent the spread of virus," he added.

Wearing masks in public places and outdoors has been made compulsory by the government in order to implement the crucial precautionary methods to contain the spread of the virus in India.

Posted By: Simran Babbar