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Coronavirus pandemic: Kohli & Anushka pledge support to fight COVID-19 threat

Kohli, who has been constantly urging people to practice social-distancing via video messages, took to Twitter to announce the decision. However he did not specify how much the couple would be donating.

March 30, 2020 / 11:58 AM IST

Indian skipper, Virat Kohli and his actor wife, Anushka Sharma on March 30 pledged their support to the Prime Minster and the Maharashtra Chief Minster's relief funds to combat the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic, which has left the world in disarray.

Kohli, who has been constantly urging people to practice social-distancing via video messages, took to Twitter to announce the decision. However he did not specify how much the couple would be donating.

"Anushka and I are pledging our support towards PM-CARES Fund & the Chief Minister's Relief Fund (Maharashtra). Our hearts are breaking looking at the suffering of so many & we hope our contribution, in some way, helps easing the pain of our fellow citizens #IndiaFightsCorona"

The coronavirus outbreak has infected over 1000 people in India with 27 people succumbing to the disease.

A number of sports personalities have come forward a contributed fight the disease, which has caused 34,000 deaths across the globe.

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A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine.

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Last week, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar had donated Rs. 50 lakh while former cricketer Suresh Raina contributed Rs. 52 lakh.

Shuttler P.V Sindhu, wrestler Bajrang Punia, sprinter Hima Das and BCCI President Sourav Gangully have also come forward to provide financial aid to fight the pandemic. The BCCI has contributed Rs. 51 crore to PM Relief fund.
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first published: Mar 30, 2020 11:51 am

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