With coronavirus cases remaining firmly over the three lakh mark for the third consecutive day on Saturday, India has continued to set new COVID-19 world records.
According to the latest update shared by the Union Health Ministry earlier today, India recorded 3,46,786 new cases and 2,624 deaths in the last 24 hours. India has now surpassed all other countries in the world when it comes to the maximum number of cases recorded in a single day. For the last three days, India has set and broken its own record twice.
Amid the second wave of coronavirus in India and a shortage of oxygen cylinders, intensive care beds in hospitals, and ventilators, South Korean group BTS' fans, called ARMY, organized a fundraiser to help citizens of India.
On Friday (April 23), BTS' fanclub BANGTAN INDIA posted a donation link on Twitter and urged fans around the world to amplify about the fundraiser so people can spread the word and donate in whatever capacity.
"India is currently facing one of the worst covid outbreaks in the history of the pandemic. The second wave is far deadlier than the first and our healthcare infrastructure is under a lot of pressure. Individuals, as well as organizations, are trying to support the needs of the many affected by covid as best as they can," the statement read.
"We're currently prioritising Maharashtra and Delhi NCR initiatives but wish to start extending our support to cities like Lucknow, Bangalore, Ranchi and more that are badly hit, and with your help, we can," the statement further read.
On Saturday, the BTS ARMY informed that they have managed to raise nearly Rs 10 lakh in less than 12 hours. The donations made been made not just from India but from fans around the world.
"It's not even been 12 hours and ARMYs have poured their love for the covid help needed in India and we are all so grateful," the fanclub tweeted.
Through this fundraiser, the fanclub plans to help free oxygen cylinder suppliers, provide medical supplies delivery and boost the kitchen that is providing meals to COVID-19 patients. The fanclub will also share the bi-weekly updates of the campaign with everyone.
It may be mentioned that the band has never been shy to speak about current social issues and over the years, BTS has built a reputation as being one of the most socially conscious groups.
BTS ARMY has been supporting various institutions to help those hit by the pandemic, art galleries, Black Lives Matter, Live Nation crew, and more. Reportedly, they have also helped during floods in Assam, organised fundraisers to provide aid to cancer patients and supported sexual assault survivors.