The latest celebrities to extend a helping hand are Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma and her cricketer husband Virat Kohli who have kickstarted a Covid-19 relief campaign aimed at providing help to those who are badly impacted by coronavirus.
The celebrity duo are aiming to raise Rs. 7 crores for coronavirus relief in India through their fundraising campiagn ‘#InThisTogether’. The couple has already donated Rs. 2 crores for this initiative.
Speaking on the occasion, the actress said that India is going through an extremely difficult time and the second wave of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic, which has pushed the country towards a state of crisis.
“It is time for all of us to come together and do our bit for our fellow countrymen who are in serious need for support. Virat and I have been hugely pained looking at the inexplicable suffering that people are going through and we hope that this fund will aid in our fight against the virus that we are all helplessly witnessing. We are praying for everyone’s safety. We hope that you join us in our prayers to save as many lives as possible because we are all in this together,” she said.
Virat Kohli said that India is going through an unprecedented time in the history and it is the need of time to stay united and help as many people as possible.
We are starting this fundraiser with the confidence that we will be able to raise substantial funds to aid those in dire need. We are confident that people will come forward to support fellow countrymen in crisis. We are in this together and we shall overcome this.”
As our country battles the second wave of Covid-19, and our healthcare systems are facing extreme challenges, it breaks my heart to see our people suffering.— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) May 7, 2021
So, Virat and I have initiated a campaign #InThisTogether, with Ketto, to raise funds for Covid-19 relief. pic.twitter.com/q71BR7VtKc
India’s current Covid wave has taken on frightening proportions, driven in part by a new variant of the virus which has double mutations. Earlier this week, India overtook Brazil as the country with the second-highest number of cases in the world, behind the USA. Experts are concerned that given the low testing rate, India possibly has higher number of cases than either US or Brazil.
On Friday, the country reported almost 414,188 cases and 3,915 deaths. Real numbers could be much higher, with crematoriums and graveyards both running out of space across the country.
Pakistan records dip in daily new COVID-19 cases
Islamabad: Pakistan has reported 2,928 new coronavirus cases in last 24 hours, the lowest spike in daily new infections in nearly a week.
Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than previous three COVID waves.
According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 2,928 cases of coronavirus were reported while 68 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 27,072.
The total number of cases has reached 1,218,749.
As many as 1,125,952 patients have recovered from the disease with 4,960 critical cases.
The number of patients swelled to 419,423 in the province with 12,345 causalities.
The number of infections has surged to 448,658 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,224.
The confirmed cases have surged to 170,391 in the province with 5,354 casualties.
There are 32,707 confirmed cases while 344 patients have died from the infection so far.
AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan
There are 33,628 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 728. On the other hand, there are 10,222 cases in GB with 182 coronavirus deaths.
There are 103,720 cases in the capital city while 895 people have lost their lives.
New island emerges near Balochistan’s Kund Malir beach
A new island have popped up near Sonmiani beach of Balochistan— discovered by the fishermen sailing along the coast on Thursday.
The technical advisor on marine fisheries at World Wild Fund (WWF), Muhammad Moazzam Khan said that the new island appeared in west off the coast of Sonmiani near Kund Malir.
“Such phenomena occurs due to geographical changes within the ocean depths,” he said adding that these kind of small islands emerge, remain in place for a while and then diminish back into the waters.
It is pertinent mention here that such Islands had earlier emerged at the same location in 2000 and 2010.
The first known emergence, during November 1945, was concurrent with an earthquake of magnitude 8.0.
The 2nd and 3rd emergences were in March 1999 and November 2010 respectively.
In 2013, an island emerged off Gwadar coast after a powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck Pakistan. However, the island disappeared after some time.
Landsat images of March 1999 and November 2010 emergences indicate appearance of round-shaped island of 4.4 and 5.2 hectare area, followed by erosion and disappearance. The island was composed of mud breccias and circular vents spewing mud slurry and methane gas.
Pakistan's COVID-19 death toll crosses 27,000 mark
Islamabad: Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than previous three COVID waves.
According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 3,012 cases of coronavirus were reported while 66 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 27,004.
The total number of cases has reached 1,215,821.
As many as 1,112,236 patients have recovered from the disease with 5,039 critical cases.
The number of patients swelled to 418,196 in the province with 12,319 causalities.
The number of infections has surged to 447,678 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,210.
The confirmed cases have surged to 169,972 in the province with 5,329 casualties.
There are 32,671 confirmed cases while 344 patients have died from the infection so far.
AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan
There are 33,551 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 727. On the other hand, there are 10,204 cases in GB with 182 coronavirus deaths.
There are 103,549 cases in the capital city while 893 people have lost their lives.
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