Rajkot, April 7 (IANS) India's Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara said that he and his family have contributed to the Prime Ministers Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM-CARES Fund) which has been set up to aid in the fight against coronavirus.
“My family and I have contributed our bit to the PM Cares Fund and Gujarat CM Relief Fund, and hope you will too. We are thankful to all the medical professionals, policemen and women and all others who are out there working hard for our country and humanity,” Pujara said in a statement that he tweeted.
A number of Pujara's teammates in the Indian cricket team have announced donations to the PM-CARES Fund and other causes to help fight against coronavirus.
The cricket calendar has come to a stop due to the spread of the deadly pandemic that has killed over 76,000 people so far around the world. Pujara's statement came amid the number of Covid-19 cases increasing in India. On Tuesday, the total number of Covid patients rose to 4,421 with 114 deaths across the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had declared a three-week lockdown on March 25 that is scheduled to end on April 14 but there are chances that the period may be extended. Multiple state governments and experts have requested the Central Government to extend the ongoing 21-day lockdown further and the Modi government is considering their suggestions, government sources told IANS.