Sundar Pichai, Satya Nadella pledge support to India amid Covid-19 crisis

NEW DELHI: Google chief executive Sundar Pichai and his Microsoft counterpart Satya Nadella on Monday pledged support to India amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis in the country
Pichai tweeted that Google will provide a Rs 135 crore funding to UNICEF and the non-profit Give India for medical supplies, supporting high-risk communities, and grants to help spread critical information about the deadly virus.
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“Devastated to see the worsening Covid crisis in India,” the Google and Alphabet CEO said.

The “heartbroken” Microsoft chief also took to Twitter to extend support to India amid rising Covid cases.
“I am heartbroken by the current situation in India. I’m grateful the US government is mobilizing to help. Microsoft will continue to use its voice, resources, and technology to aid relief efforts, and support the purchase of critical oxygen concentration devices,” Nadella stated.

Meanwhile, in highest single day spike, India on Monday reported 3,52,991 Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours taking the case tally to 1,73,13,163. While 2,812 people died of the virus, taking the death toll to 1,95,123.
Active cases in the country now stands at 28,13,658.
The United States has pledged to immediately send raw materials for vaccines, medical equipment, and protective gear to help India respond to its massive surge in infections, while Germany and the European Union will also send oxygen and medical aid in the coming days, foreign officials said.
(With inputs from agencies)