COVID-19 second wave | Apple will donate to aid relief efforts in India, says CEO Tim Cook
Other Silicon Valley giants, including Satya Nadella-led Microsoft and Sundar Pichai-led Google, have also said they will provide assistance to India.
April 27, 2021 / 11:39 AM IST
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Apple Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tim Cook said the technology giant will donate to help support and relief efforts in India's battle against the second wave of COVID-19.
"Amid a devastating rise of COVID-19 cases in India, our thoughts are with the medical workers, our Apple family and everyone there who is fighting through this awful stage of the pandemic. Apple will be donating to support and relief efforts on the ground," Cook said in a tweet.
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Google's Sundar Pichai, both Indian-Americans, also expressed their sadness at the situation, and said their respective companies will provide assistance.
"I am heartbroken by the current situation in India. I'm grateful the US government is mobilizing to help. Microsoft will continue to use its voice, resources, and technology to aid relief efforts, and support the purchase of critical oxygen concentration devices," Nadella said.
India reported 3.23 lakh new COVID-19 cases and 2,771 deaths in a single day, according to the union health ministry's April 26 update.
The wave of infections has battered India’s healthcare system hard as scores of people struggle to secure hospital beds, oxygen cylinders and medicines such as Remdesivir. Many hospitals across the country have cited shortage of oxygen, since some COVID-19 patients require supplemental oxygen.Follow Moneycontrol’s full coverage of the coronavirus pandemic here