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Published On: Fri, Mar 27th, 2020

Now Tripura CM Biplab Deb Has A Jugaad For Masks

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d8eALTMvpnZghX4lAGARTALA: : Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb today offered an alternative to masks amid reports of a shortage in his state of N95 masks recommended for protection against coronavirus. I
In a video on Twitter, Biplab Deb demonstrated how the traditional towel – known as gamchha – can be used instead. Mr Deb posted a detailed video on Twitter addressing the people of Tripura and urging them to “always keep a Jal Gamchha (towel) and use it as a precaution alternative to mask”.
On account of the lockdown, the State Government has decided to give permission for use of small vehicles or vans by the vendors to ensure vegetables at the doorstep of people in city so that they don’t come out of home.
In the video, Mr Deb demonstrates how the towel can double as a mask when wrapped around one’s mouth. He said, sanitising masks coming in from Kolkata and Guwahati takes time but it only takes seconds to turn the gamchha around one’s neck into a mask and it is also readily available with everyone.
Addressing the people of Tripura, Mr Deb urged them to “always keep a Jal Gamchha (towel)” handy for use as a mask. Mr Deb is seen wrapping a towel around his mouth to show how to do it.

Sanitising masks coming in from Kolkata and Guwahati takes time, he explained, but it only takes seconds to turn the gamchha around one’s neck into a mask. Besides, everyone has one, he added.

“Till the time there is lockdown in the country, don’t put the gamchha down. This way every household in Tripura will have a ready-made mask available to them,” the Chief Minister says in the video. India has reported over 700 coronavirus cases so far with 17 deaths.
(With Agency Inputs ).

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