An Indian man, Shankar Kurhade, has spent about $4,000 for a bespoke gold face mask to shield himself from the dreaded coronavirus.

AFP reports that the precious metal covering weighs 60 grams (two ounces) and took craftsmen eight days to make.

Kurhade, from the western city of Pune, said, “It is a thin mask and has tiny pores that are helping me to breathe.”

The 49-year-old businessman claimed that he likes adorning himself with gold jewellery weighing one kilogramme, including a bracelet, necklace and rings on all fingers of his right hand, whenever he is going out.

Shankar Kurhade (48), shows his face mask made out of gold as he poses for a photograph amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Pune, India, July 4, 2020. Kurhade claims the mask weighs 50 grams and costs around $3870. REUTERS/Stringer REUTERS/Stringer NO ARCHIVES. NO RESALES.

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 a face mask made from silver.

He added, “People are asking me for selfies. 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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