CBS News reported that a record 3,293 deaths occurred in India on Wednesday, bringing the country’s death toll to more than 200,000. Since the start of the pandemic, India has had nearly 18 million COVID-19 cases.
Starting Thursday afternoon, fundraising it had raised nearly $ 250,000 of its $ 1 million goal, after more than 5,000 donations. The money raised from the fundraiser will go towards promoting India’s oxygen supply, providing life-saving equipment, establishing COVID care centers, and providing vaccinations and tests.
In a video posted on the fundraising website, both Priyanka and Nick spoke about India’s rising COVID-19 number, hospitalizations and deaths, as well as its declining supplies.
“Over the past month, we have seen the sudden rise and devastating effects of COVID-19 as it blazed a relentless path across India,” Priyanka said. “Even when doctors learn more about the virus, the threat continues to lurk.”
“We call on everyone to contribute to the health system, which is at a critical point at the moment,” he added. “It is a humble request. Please contribute to our fundraiser at GiveIndia. Because unless everyone is safe, no one is safe.”
Meanwhile, Nick called the situation “staggering” and said “so much is needed right now to stop the spread of this dreaded disease.”
“Every contribution is important,” he added. “It doesn’t matter how big or small it is.”
Priyanka also posted about the fundraiser on Instagram, sharing a video of her emotionally pleading for his support.
“Why should we worry? Why is it so urgent now?” she asked. “I am sitting in London and I hear from my friends and family in India about how full the hospitals are. There are no rooms in the ICUs, the ambulances are too busy, the oxygen supply is less, the crematoria have mass cremations because the volume deaths is a lot. “
“India is my home, and India is bleeding. We as a global community must care,” Priyanka continued. “I’ll tell you why we should worry, because unless everyone is safe, no one is safe. So, use your resources and focus your energy on helping to stop this pandemic. Please donate … India needs you. “.
In the title of her post, Priyanka referred to the current state of India as “the worst COVID crisis in the world.”
“People are dying in record numbers. There are diseases everywhere, and it just continues to spread and kill at great speed and scale,” he wrote in part. “I have organized a fundraiser with GiveIndia, the largest organization on the ground in India providing Covid relief. Anything you can save really makes a difference. Almost 63 million people follow me here, even if 100,000 of you donate $ 10, that’s $ 1 million, and that’s huge. “
Priyanka noted that she and her husband “have already contributed and will continue to contribute” to the cause.
“We have all seen how far and wide this virus can spread, an ocean between us makes no difference. No one is safe unless everyone is safe,” he wrote. “It is very encouraging to see so many people stepping up to help in so many ways. We need to defeat this virus, and to do so it takes EVERYONE. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!”