Due to the lockdown around the nation, the daily wage workers are the worst hit. In the face of this COVID-19 scare, tennis player Sania Mirza is working on raising money for the daily wage workers. This money will be used to provide food and other basic necessities to the affected ground workers whose lives depend on daily wages, as per sources.
The government yesterday imposed a lockdown on almost the entire country with an aim to stop the spread of novel coronavirus, which has infected more than 500 people and claimed 10 lives so far.
Due to the lockdown and curfews, the informal sector has been badly affected and those who depend on daily wages are struggling to provide their families.
Sania has shared a video on her social networks supporting the Safa organisation and pledged to donate and asked people to make a contribution for the workers during this tough time.
“In this difficult time that the world is going through, we are privileged to be able to sit at home, in comfort and wait for everything to be ok again… there are thousands of people who aren’t that lucky enough and it’s our responsibility to take care of them in whatever capacity we can,” said Sania.
“Together with Safa and a few other people we hope to help as many families as possible in this difficult time and make a little bit of a difference,” she added.
Sania Mirza said, “As you know the coronavirus is spreading fast, it originated in China and as per the UN, it has spread around the world, we need to take precautions, there are few symptoms like coughing and fever, if you feel you have the symptoms, you should immediately consult a doctor.”
Reunited with her year-and-a-half-old son Izhaan, Sania is now into self-isolation. ”Thankfully both my father and I don’t have any symptoms and we’re feeling healthy. We made sure we didn’t step out of our homes both in San Diego and here in Hyderabad. Izhaan is just excited to have me back and with him around, self-isolation doesn’t look like an easy option,” she said.
Earlier, star wrestler Bajrang Punia also donated his six month’s salary to Haryana’s COVID-19 relief fund.
Former India opener and BJP lawmaker Gautam Gambhir has also offered to release Rs 50 lakh from his Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) fund for the equipment to treat coronavirus patients in Delhi government hospitals.