Prisoners in Coimbatore's central jail make face masks to combat Covid-19

Prisoners in Coimbatore's central jail make face masks to combat Covid-19

As the spread of COVID-19 continues to increase worldwide, with more than 1 million cases and over 50,000 fatalities, there has been a huge demand for face masks across the globe.

To meet the demand in the state, prisoners in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore are making face masks to ensure there's no shortage.

The prisoners in the Coimbatore central prison make 3,000 to 5,000 face masks in a day. There are 20 male prisoners and 5 female prisoners who are involved in this task.

The masks cost Rs 10 per piece. They will be provided to the state police and sanitization workers, who need proper face coverage to avoid any infection while they travel.

This comes at a time when there are as many as 75 new cases of coronavirus in Tamil Nadu, with 74 of them being traced to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation.

The religious congregation was held in Delhi's Nizamuddin area recently, resulting in innumerable cases across India.

According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the total number of coronavirus cases in India has surged to 2,650 and has claimed 68 lives till now.