See Photos: Pune man wears gold face mask worth Rs 2.89 lakh to fight COVID-19

Updated: Jul 05, 2020, 09:51 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

Although there is uncertainity of how much the gold mask will be effective, Shankar Kurade and his gold mask have definitely become the talk of the town

Shankar Kurade with his face mask made out of gold. Picture/Twitter Riskiest_Poison
Shankar Kurade with his face mask made out of gold. Picture/Twitter Riskiest_Poison

From face masks and handkerchiefs to dupattas and other cloth items, people across the country are using different things to keep themselves safe from coronavirus. According to the Home Ministry's guidelines for 'Unlock 2', wearing a face mask/face cover is compulsory at public places, workplaces, and during transport.

A man in Pune gave a luxurious twist to his mask. Shankar Kurade, a resident of Pimpri-Chinchwad of Pune district, got himself a mask made of gold worth Rs 2.89 lakh.

Talking about the mask made of gold, Kurade said, "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," Kurade told ANI.

Although there is an uncertainity about how much the gold mask will be effective, Shankar Kurade and his gold mask have definitely become the talk of the town. In the photos being shared online, Kurade can be seen wearing the gold mask along with other gold items.

The mask is made of thin gold leaf along with golden threads to tie it and the cost is roughly equivalent to the cost of over 175,000 ordinary disposable masks or more than 700 PPEs in the market.

Hundreds of netizens commented on the photos. One said, "Money can buy you anything except common sense," while another comment read, "For that worth, he could have donated so many cotton washable layered masks."

Here's how netizens reacted:

Shankar Kurade said he got the idea of getting a gold face mask after he saw a video of a man from Kolhapur wearing a silver mask.

Kurade's golden mask is another addition to a handful of Maharashtra men who are passionate about gold, including Pankaj Parakh of Nashik who owns a 4.10 kg pure gold shirt costing over Rs 1.30 crore which earned him a place in the Guinness World Records.

(With inputs from agencies)

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