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An Indian police officer took pandemic prevention to a whole new level. Rajesh Babu―an officer patrolling the streets of Chennai, the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu―has gone viral on social media for wearing a helmet that looks just like coronavirus.

India which has a population of about 1.3 billion, is on a 21-day lockdown in order to limit the spread of the virus. Therefore, Chennai police officer Rajesh has taken an unusual approach to stop people in the middle of their journeys to educate them about the importance of staying at home. So he teamed up with a local artist named Gowtham who customized the officer’s helmet by using paper.

AFRICA SECURITY INVESTIGATION gathered that the Indian police officer wears the coronavirus helmet to encourage people to stay home, which however had no such effect.

According to the report from CNN, the police who talked to Asian News International, Rajesh Babu said: “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.”

The country of 1.3 billion is currently under a 21-day lockdown
Image credits: Reuters
“When I wear this, the thought of coronavirus comes into the minds of the commuters,” the policeman told the local media. “Especially, the children react strongly after seeing this and want to be taken home.”

“This helmet is one of the steps we are taking to ensure that people are aware of the seriousness of the police”

Rajesh is sad that people are not taking the quarantine seriously: “We had been talking to the public. But awareness among them is very less. So we thought of doing something different.” At the moment, there are over 1,000 people infected in India with Covid-19.


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