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Just as India helped others, so must we in their time of need, says Prince Charles in Covid News India’s appeal for help


LONDON (AP) – Britain’s Prince Charles made a passionate plea Wednesday in backing an emergency appeal launched by his charity, the British Asian Trust, urging people to help India as it faces a second “horrible” wave. of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 72-year-old heir to the British throne spoke of his “great love” for India, where he has made several visits, and said that those who suffer the effects of this pandemic in the country are in his “thoughts and prayers.”
“For more than a year, the pandemic has had a devastating impact on many of us around the world. This week, I have been deeply saddened by the tragic images we have all seen as Covid-19 takes its terrible toll in India.” added. read a statement from Prince Charles, published by Clarence House.
“With the support of the Indian diaspora, the British Asian Trust has launched an emergency appeal for India to channel this desire to do something about this dire situation and help save lives. Many diaspora members and others, including companies, trusts and foundations, we have already come together to support this appeal. I hope that even more of us can provide support to help those in India in their time of need, “he said.
“Like many others, I have a great love for India and have enjoyed many wonderful visits to the country. India’s help and ingenuity has been a support to other countries during this immensely difficult time. Just as India has helped others. Now we must help India, ”he said, adding that“ we will win this battle ”together.
The British Asian Trust, founded by Prince Charles, had launched an emergency appeal entitled “Oxygen for India” to help meet the urgent needs of the overrun hospitals in India.
The appeal is supported by the British Association of International Doctors (BIDA), which has partnered with the British Asian Trust to help raise funds, with the goal of raising £ 100,000.
“We have seen the terrible impact of the pandemic around the world, but the devastation in India is currently one of the worst points in the last 12 months,” said Hitan Mehta, CEO of the British Asian Trust.
“The astronomical numbers of Covid-19 cases and deaths in India are terrifying and we fear there is still a peak to come. What we can do now is provide essential support as quickly as possible to help those most in need. Our ‘Oxygen for The India Flash Appeal has been set up to provide vital life-saving supplies and equipment. We just can’t stand on the sidelines and do nothing, “he said.
The appeal says that a donation of £ 50 will provide oxygen to 40 patients struggling to breathe, £ 450 will provide a low-flow oxygen concentrator to help 900 patients and a £ 830 donation will provide a high-oxygen concentrator. flow to help 550 of the most seriously ill patients.
All funds raised by the emergency appeal “Oxygen For India” will go towards providing as many oxygen concentrators to hospitals as soon as possible.
Oxygen concentrators are alternative devices to oxygen cylinders; While cylinders contain a finite amount of oxygen supply, a concentrator continually recycles oxygen from the air and delivers it to the patient, he explains.
Many British Indian Trust ambassadors, including actors Sanjeev Bhaskar, Meera Syal and Nitin Ganatra and cricketer Isa Guha, have voiced their views on the launch of the appeal on social media.
“Devastating scenes in India where people are dying on the streets due to Covid-19, please take a look at the British Asian Trust’s emergency appeal. Share. #OxygenForIndia Please give generously,” Ganatra said in his appeal. On twitter.
India is battling a second wave of the pandemic with more than 300,000 new coronavirus cases reported daily in recent days, and hospitals in several states reeling from shortages of medical oxygen and beds.
India recorded a single-day record rise of 3,60,960 coronavirus cases, bringing the total count to 1,79,97,267, while the death toll surpassed two lakhs after 3,293 recent deaths, said Wednesday the Ministry of Health.
The death toll stands at 2,01,187, he said.

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