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Indian man acquires $4,000 (N1.5m) gold face mask to ward off coronavirus

As many continue to protect themselves against the raging coronavirus pandemic, an Indian man has claimed that he paid about $4,000 for a bespoke gold face mask to shield himself.

The precious metal covering weighs 60 grams (two ounces) and took craftsmen eight days to make, said businessman Shankar Kurhade, from the western city of Pune.

Indian man wears ‘$4,000’ (N1.5m) gold face mask to ward off coronavirus
“It is a thin mask and has tiny pores that is helping me to breathe,” Shankar told AFP.

When going out, the 49-year-old said he likes to adorn himself with gold jewellery weighing a kilogramme, including a bracelet, necklace and rings on each finger of his right hand.

Indian man wears ‘$4,000’ (N1.5m) gold face mask to ward off coronavirus

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.

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