Coronavirus bling bling: Indian businessman wears US $14,000 custom gold mask for protection
- People are 'awestruck' when they see him wearing the mask in markets
- India has made face masks mandatory in public places
Agence France-Presse Published: 1:32pm, 5 Jul, 2020 Updated: 9:02pm, 5 Jul, 2020
An Indian man said he paid about US$14,000 for a bespoke gold face mask to protect him from the coronavirus raging in the country. The precious metal covering weighs 60 grammes (two ounces) and took craftsmen eight days to make, said businessman Shankar Kurhade, from the western city of Pune. "It is a thin mask and has tiny pores that is helping me to breathe," Shankar said. "I am not sure if it will be effective to protect me from a coronavirus infection but I am taking other precautions," he added. When going out, the 49-year-old said he likes to adorn himself with gold jewellery weighing a kilogram, including a bracelet, necklace and rings on each finger of his right hand. Kurhade – whose company makes industrial sheds – said he got the idea for the gold face mask after seeing a media report about a man wearing one made from silver. …. "People are asking me for selfies," he said. "They are awestruck when they see me wearing the gold mask in markets." India has made face masks mandatory in public places in a bid to control the spread of the virus in the country, which has around 650,000 confirmed cases and more than 18,600 fatalities.
Investment Gold – Businessman Shankar Kurhade
A large investor from the city of Punasta in eastern India spent about $14,000 on a bespoke gold mask to protect it from COVID-19, an epidemic. "It's a thin mask with small holes that help him breathe," says Shankar Kurhade. "They help me breathe 24 hours a day," commented Shankar Kurhade. " …. he doesn't know if he's effectively protecting against coronavirus, so I take a lot of other precautions," Shankar said. Ten days it took the craftsmen to make this 62.4 – a gram mask covered in gold. S. Kurhade owns a company that produces halls and warehouses. He said he came up with the idea of creating a golden mask for himself after watching a report about a man who, to protect himself from Covid-19, bought himself a mask made of gold. "... people are asking me for pictures on facebook." – said a businessman from Puna, Maharashtra state. He added that people are impressed when they see him in a golden mask. This 48-year-old man likes to decorate himself with gold jewelry. As he admits, he is wearing about 10 000 people. 1.5 kg of gold, including bracelet, necklace and rings, which he wears on each finger of his right hand. India has introduced mandatory wearing of masks in public places to combat the spread of coronavirus. More than 689,000 infections have been diagnosed in the country since the outbreak, and more than 20,000 people have died. India is the fourth country, after the USA, Brazil and Russia, in terms of the highest number of sars-cov-2 sick.
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