Hyderabad: A doctor has decided to donate 20000 masks to Cyberabad police after local cops joined countrymen to cheer for health workers, albeit without wearing facemasks and maintaining social distancing.

“I will be very happy to give 20000 surgical masks to you. Saw your video today where you are clapping for us without wearing any protective gear,” tweeted Raghavendra Pradeep, director of Apricot Labs, Saidabad.

Later he told NewsMeter that the police are vulnerable to the infection given the nature of their work. “So, it is important that they wear protective gear. They will need good masks with a bacterial filtration efficiency of more than 95 percent. I will give them the masks in 2-3 days,” he said.

Pradeep noted that clapping together in large gathering defeats the purpose of social distancing.

“COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease. Stay home, maintain social distancing and then show your appreciation by clapping hands. People coming out on streets together is an idiotic thing to do because that is exactly the opposite of what doctors have been suggesting,” he said.

Earlier on March 22, Cyberabad police had released a video of the whole team clapping, showing their gratitude towards doctors, nurses, and emergency staff. It showed the whole team applauding the medical services, however without masks or any kind of protective gear.

The clapping, part of Janta Curfew on March 22, was to appreciate the services of health workers in the state. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has also urged people to observe a 24-hour Janta Curfew.

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