A business man has had a special face mask made from pure gold as the coronavirus pandemic rages across the world.
Shankar Kurade an Indian business man paid an equivalent of £4,000 ( KSH.400,000) for the face mask covering which weighs 60 grams and took eight days to create.
“I love gold and I am very happy with wearing this mask.
“It is a thin mask and has tiny holes so I am not facing any problems with breathing.” Mr Kurade said.
The 49-year-old businessman from western India’s Pune city is known for his obsession for the yellow metal and never steps out of home without his flashy pieces of jewellery.
He is often seen with an enormous bracelet, a thick chain around his neck and rings on all of his right hand fingers weighing more than one kilogram.
The grandfather, who deals with installing industry sheds, got the unique idea after watching a man wearing a silver mask on TV news.
He said: “I always go out wearing all the jewellery pieces so when I saw this man on TV wearing a mask made of silver, I thought why should I not get it made in gold?
“I went to my personal jeweler and proposed the idea. It took eight days to make it.”
Mr Kurade is not sure if his expensive mask is effective but he is overjoyed with the fame the mask has brought him.
He added: “Wherever I go, people stop me for selfies. They are startled to see me walking with a gold mask. “The are curious to know if it is real gold.”
India is grappling with a rising number of Covid-19 infections with over 697,000 positive cases and over 19,700 deaths.
The government of the world’s second most populous country has advised its citizens to always wear a mask in public as one of the preventive measures.