18:51 GMT17 June 2021
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    Hollywood and Bollywood stars including Shawn Mendes, Reese Witherspoon, Ellen DeGeneres, Will Smith, Katy Perry, Mindy Kaling, James McAvoy, Hrithik Roshan, and others are helping to raise funds to support India’s fight against COVID.

    Bollywood star Anushka Sharma and her husband – Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli – have started a fundraising campaign called #InThisTogether and donated INR 20 Million ($271,539) to support India’s fight against COVID-19.

    To reach the target of INR 70 Million ($950,389) in seven days through their initiative, which is up and running on crowdfunding platform Ketto, the power couple has shared a video urging people to donate what they can.

    After a week, the funds will be sent to ACT Grants, a movement started by a group of Indian entrepreneurs who will use the cash to buy oxygen concentrators and medical equipment, while also providing home care facilities and boosting India’s vaccination efforts.

    “We shall all overcome this crisis together. Please step forward to support India and Indians. Your contribution will help in saving lives during this critical time,” Anushka tweeted.

    The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc in India, with over 414,188 new cases and 3,915 deaths reported in the last 24 hours. So far, 21 million people have been infected with the virus in the country.

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