Melbourne: Australian Cricket (CA) has opted to extend support towards India’s fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic, with the Australian Cricketers’ Association and UNICEF Australia partnering to raise much-needed funds for India.
In an official release, CA said that they are deeply saddened by the devastation caused by this second coronavirus wave that has hit India, a country with which Australians share a strong friendship and connection.
UNICEF Australia’s India COVID-19 Crisis Appeal is procuring and installing oxygen generation plants in hospitals to treat seriously ill patients, providing testing equipment in heavily impacted districts, and supporting the acceleration of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout.
CA will be making an initial donation of $50,000 (Rs 37,12,300) and encourage Australians everywhere to also donate generously at this critical time in India’s COVID-19 response.
“Australians and Indians share a special bond and, for many, our mutual love of cricket is central to that friendship. It has been distressing and saddening to learn of the suffering of so many of our Indian sisters and brothers during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic and our hearts go out to everyone impacted,” Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia’s Interim CEO said in an official statement.
“We were all deeply moved by the sentiments expressed and donations given by Pat Cummins and Brett Lee over the past week. In that same spirit, we are proud to partner with UNICEF Australia to raise funds that will help the people of India by providing the health system with much-needed oxygen, testing equipment and vaccines,” he added.
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) May 2, 2021
India on Monday reported a minor dip in new cases as the country reported 3,68,147 new infections in the last 24 hours. The tally was lower than the previous day high of 3,92,488 new COVID-19 cases reported on Sunday. A dip of 24,341 cases recorded in the last 24 hours, similar to the figures reported on Sunday.
The total number of infections now stands at 1,99,25,604 cases in the country.
The spurt in new cases has crossed the 4-lakh mark in the country on Saturday, which dipped in the past two days. The cases have been rising since mid-April and had crossed the 3 Lakh mark within a week. The new infections have been staying above 200,000-mark since April 15.
The new cases have been increasing at an alarming pace since the country broke the one lakh case barrier on April 4 when it reported 1,03,558 new COVID-19 cases. Within a fortnight, the numbers have doubled, sounding alarm bells throughout the country as medical infrastructure, doctors and patients grapple with resource crunch.