Amid the ongoing novel Coronavirus scare in the country, where the number of positive cases has crossed 100, panic-buying of hand sanitisers and masks have seen the products flying off the shelves — faster than a sneeze. To meet the rising demand, the Kerala government has come up with a novel idea and directed prisons in the state to manufacture face masks.
In a tweet, Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan shared pictures of the first batch of masks produced by prisoners of Thiruvananthapuram jail.
“In light of the shortage, directions were given to engage the prisons in the State in manufacturing masks. It has commenced on a war footing basis. Today, the Prison officials of Thiruvananthapuram Jail have handed over the first batch,” he tweeted.
#COVID19 | Solving The Mask Problem 😷
In light of the shortage, directions were given to engage the prisons in the State in manufacturing masks. It has commenced on a war footing basis. Today, the Prison officials of Thiruvananthapuram Jail have handed over the first batch. pic.twitter.com/QKgHWqYNOg
— Pinarayi Vijayan (@vijayanpinarayi) March 14, 2020
Since being shared online, the post has been flooded with reactions, with people praising the idea. However, some also pointed out how these cloth masks might not be an effective way in stemming the spread of the disease. “This is called thinking outside the box. Great initiative,” wrote a user while commenting on the viral post.
Sir these masks are good for nothing. Its CAN NOT prevent anyone from #CoronaVirus.
N95 (grade) mask is required !
— Nishu 🇮🇳 (@The_NisHIT) March 14, 2020
Kudos to you and your entire team for wonderful work against Coronavirus outbreak
— Rishi (@SunoRishi) March 14, 2020
Keeping the ideologies apart,
U are doing a great job …
Other states must follow it .
— Engineer 2.0 (@iamkumar001) March 15, 2020
These masks are not going to help. N95 is what is needed.
— Vishal Sahu (@VishySahu) March 14, 2020
This is called governance 👍🏼 hats off to you sir!
— Dinesh Kumar V K (@anundinesh) March 14, 2020
Hope that proper information will be shared with its distribution as to when and how to put on, use, take off and dispose of a mask.
— Anjali Rajendran (@anjali_rn) March 14, 2020
This is called thinking outside the box.
— Jills Daniel ജിൽസ് ഡാനിയേൽ (@jillsdaniel) March 15, 2020
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