Ratan Tata Donated Rs 500 crores to fight coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which it noted was one of the “toughest challenges the human race will face”. India saw the highest jump in coronavirus or COVID-19 cases today with 194 patients testing positive for the highly contagious illness in different parts of the country. The total is now 918, which includes 19 deaths, according to the Union Health Ministry.
The funds will be used for Personal Protective Equipment for the medical personnel on the frontlines, respiratory systems for treating increasing cases, testing kits to increase per capita testing, setting up modular treatment facilities for infected patients, knowledge management and training of health workers and the general public, Ratan Tata, Chairman of Tata Trusts, said.
“The COVID-19 crisis is one of the toughest challenges we will face as a race. The Tata Trusts and Tata groups companies have in the past risen to the needs of the nation. At this moment, the need of the hour is greater than any other time,” Ratan Tata tweeted.
The COVID 19 crisis is one of the toughest challenges we will face as a race. The Tata Trusts and the Tata group companies have in the past risen to the needs of the nation. At this moment, the need of the hour is greater than any other time. pic.twitter.com/y6jzHxUafM
— Ratan N. Tata (@RNTata2000) March 28, 2020
Meanwhile, Tata Sons also announced additional support of Rs 1,000 crore towards Covid-19 and related activities. “We will work together with the Tata Trusts and our Chairman Emeritus Mr. Ratan Tata would be fully supporting their initiatives, and work in a collaborative manner to bring the full expertise of the group,” a statement said.