Wearing masks is the new normal and also mandatory while stepping out of home these days due to the coronavirus outbreak. Shankar Kurade, who hails from Pimpri-Chinchwad of Pune district, got himself a gold face mask worth Rs 2.89 lakh.
“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,” Kurade told ANI.
Maharashtra: Shankar Kurade, a resident of Pimpri-Chinchwad of Pune district, has got himself a mask made of gold worth Rs 2.89 Lakhs. Says, “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.” #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/JrbfI7iwS4
— ANI (@ANI) July 4, 2020
He further added, “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 the virus”.
Shankar is enthusiastic about gold ornaments since his childhood. He also wears gold rings in all the fingers, gold bracelets on his wrist, and huge gold chains around his neck.
The gold mask of Shankar went viral on the internet. While many netizens made fun that money can’t buy common sense, some were awestruck by his unique mask.
Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases in India, on Saturday, reached to 6,48,315. In the last 24 hours, a huge spike of 22,771 new coronavirus cases were reported. The global pandemic has taken lives of 18,655 patients this morning in India, as per the Union Health Ministry. With the improvement in the recovery rate which is 60.80 percent now, the total number of coronavirus recoveries stands at 3,94,227. There are 2,35,433 active cases of coronavirus in the nation at present.