An Indian man said that he paid about $4,000 for a bespoke gold face mask to protect him from the coronavirus raging in the country.
The metal covering weighs 60 grams 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 told AFP.
‘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 that he liked to adorn himself with gold jewellery weighing a kilogramme, including a bracelet, necklace and rings on each finger of his right hand.
Kurhade — whose company makes industrial sheds — said that 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, adding, ‘They are awestruck when they see me wearing the gold mask in markets.’
India had made face masks mandatory in public places in a bid to control the spread of the virus in the country.