World Priyanka Chopra appeals for help for India as COVID-19 deaths surge
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Priyanka Chopra is begging her fans to help her home country ofwhere deaths are surging out of control amid a shortage of oxygen and hospital beds.
The Indian actress, 38, has partnered with donation platform @GiveIndia to set up a fundraiser #TogetherForIndia and issued an emotional appeal for help on her.
'I'm sitting inand hearing from my friends and family in India about how hospitals are at capacity, there are no rooms in ICUs, ambulances are too busy, oxygen supply is less,' she shared in the clip.
'India is my home and India is bleeding. And we, as a global community, need to care,' she went on.
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'And I'll tell you why we need to care: Because unless everyone is safe, no one is safe.'
The former Quantico star, who is currently filming a mini series in Britain, explained how donations to #TogetherForIndia will be used for healthcare infrastructure, medical supplies and equipment for the stricken nation.
'People are dying in record numbers. There is illness everywhere, and it’s only continuing to spread and kill at great speed and scale,' Priyanka wrote in the caption accompanying her video message.
'I have set up a fundraiser with GiveIndia, the largest organization on the ground in India providing Covid relief. Whatever you can spare, truly makes a difference.'
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She added that she and husband Nick Jonas have donated 'and will continue to contribute.'
On Thursday afternoon, Priyanka was joined by the Jonas Brothers musician in a new video which thanked those who had already donated to the fund and encouraged more to do so.
'The magnitude is staggering. So much is needed right now to stop the spread of this dreaded disease,' Nick said.
Priyanka added: 'Thank you all for your support and donations. Your contributions are going to make a tangible difference in this fight against the vicious spread of Covid 19 in India.
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'There is so much left to do and we hope that this momentum we have built will continue.'
India's coronavirus disaster deepened on Thursday with the nation reporting 3,645 deaths in 24 hours and total deaths surpassing 200,000.
Confirmed new cases in India hit a new global record of more than 379,000.
However, the official numbers are widely believed to be far below the reality.
In many Indian cities, hospitals are running out of beds as relatives of the sick crowd jostle for medicines and oxygen cylinders.
Family members have taken to social media to beg for oxygen cylinders for their loved ones.
More than 40 countries have committed to sending India vital medical aid, particularly oxygen amid a severe shortage, India's Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said.
The supplies include almost 550 oxygen-generating plants, more than 4,000 oxygen concentrators, 10,000 oxygen cylinders as well as 17 cryogenic tankers.
Hundreds of thousands of doses of Covid-19 treatment drugs as well as raw materials to produce vaccines were also being sent.
The Indian government will open vaccinations to all adults from Saturday. It had previously limited shots to the over-45s and certain other groups.
Several states have warned, however, they do not have sufficient vaccine stocks.
A variant of the virus feared to be contributing to the catastrophic wave in India has now been found in more than a dozen countries, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.
But the WHO has stopped short of saying it is more transmissible, deadly or able to dodge vaccine protections.
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