Sania Mirza joins India’s battle against COVID-19

Sania Mirza urged people to donate in order to procure free Oxygen for COVID-infected patients.

By Utathya Nag

Indian tennis star Sania Mirza has joined India’s ongoing battle against COVID-19.

Sania Mirza, who tested positive for the coronavirus and recovered earlier this year, is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to provide free Oxygen for COVID-positive patients in the country.

“Together we can assist in raising funds to provide free oxygen to COVID positive patients. Let’s do our bit to help our country fight corona!” Sania Mirza tweeted on Tuesday.

The three-time Olympian’s appeal for help comes at a time when a devastating second wave of COVID-19 is sweeping across the nation.

Positive cases began rising in April and crossed the 300,000 per-day mark on April 24. Infections have been steadily rising and have already crossed the 400,000 per-day mark, breaking global records daily.

The unprecedented spike has already overburdened the country’s creaking healthcare system.

Acute shortage of live-saving measures like medical oxygen, hospital beds and essential medicines like Remdesivir has severely crippled the health workers’ bid to combat the escalating situation, thereby raising the death-toll to all-time highs.

The massive COVID spread has infiltrated organized bio-bubbles too, forcing the IPL 2021 to be suspended after several players from different teams tested positive.

Like Sania Mirza, several sports stars like Sachin Tendulkar, Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, Ajinkya Rahane and overseas cricketers Pat Cummins and Nicolas Pooran have also pitched in to help in India’s ongoing battle against the pandemic.