0819 GMT December 03, 2020
However, a man in the Pimpri-Chinchwad region of Pune is covering his face with a mask made of gold. You can read that again. Shankar Kurade got a gold mask made for himself to wear during the pandemic, according to indiatoday.in.
Shankar Kurade, a resident of Pimpri-Chinchwad of Pune district, who has got himself a mask made of gold worth Rs 289,000, 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."
News agency ANI shared multiple pictures of Shankar on Twitter and since then he has gone viral.
The total number infected with the novel coronavirus in India has crossed the 600,000 mark and over 18,000 deaths have been recorded. Pune has reported around 6,000 COVID-19 positive cases with 274 fatalities.