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Indian policeman dons coronavirus-inspired helmet to remind motorists to stay home

March 30th, 2020

In the middle of an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, authorities have taken different strategies (no matter how bizarre they are) just to instill in people the importance of enhanced community quarantine. And a funny example of this is the barangay officials—from a town in Pampanga, Philippines—who even came up with a creepy yet creative publicity stunt to demonstrate the consequences of not abiding by the quarantine rules.

And recently, India police officers have also been doing their utmost efforts to remind people to stay home ever since the country was placed under a 21-day lockdown. So in order to warn motorists about the danger of COVID-19, Rajesh Babu (a police officer from Chennai, India) took a new approach to the situation by wearing a coronavirus-inspired helmet.

Screengrab from AFP News Agency

Screengrab from AFP News Agency

In an article published by Metro UK, Babu told the news outlet that he is doing this to raise awareness and keep people off the streets.

“We take all the steps but still people come out on the streets. Therefore, this corona helmet is one of the steps we are taking to ensure that people are aware of the seriousness of the police. The helmet is an attempt to do something different. When I wear this, the thought of coronavirus comes into the minds of the commuters. Especially, the children react strongly after seeing this and want to be taken home,” said Babu.

As of this writing, the total number of reported COVID-19 cases in India now stands at 1,024. Of these cases, 96 patients have recovered and 27 have died.


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