Chef Vikas Khanna Sends COVID-19 Emergency Relief Material To India

Chef Vikas Khanna Sends COVID-19 Emergency Relief Material To India

Vikas Khanna, a Michelin-star chef, who distributed millions of meals and essential supplies across India during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, is working round-the-clock to mobilise and transport about oxygen concentrators and fire-resistant PPE kits to India
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Chef Vikas Khanna Sends COVID-19 Emergency Relief Material To IndiaChef Vikas Khanna is working towards transporting about 10,000 oxygen concentrators and 50,000 fire-resistant PPE kits to India
Highlights
  • Chef Vikas Khanna has sent 650 oxygen concentrators to India
  • Mr Khanna has also sent 5,000 PPE (personal protective equipment) kits
  • Mr Khanna aims to distribute 8 million meals in the next one week

New York: Prominent Indian chef Vikas Khanna is working on war footing to send COVID-19 emergency relief materials, including oxygen concentrators and PPE kits, to India which is battling a devastating surge in coronavirus infections. Mr Khanna, a Michelin-star chef, who distributed millions of meals and essential supplies across India during the first wave of the COVID19 pandemic last year, is working round-the-clock to mobilise and transport about 10,000 oxygen concentrators and 50,000 fire-resistant PPE kits to India. He had tweeted that over USD 525,000 in contributions have been collected within a matter of days and the first shipments of about 650 oxygen concentrators and 5,000 PPE kits have reached India.

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“We just crossed USD 525,000 in contributions. (About Rs 4 crore) The first shipments have arrived in India”, he tweeted.

Mr Khanna told PTI here that it is absolutely heartbreaking to see what is unfolding in our motherland.

The next few weeks are going to be very emotional and tough. It is also going to be traumatic for all us who are far away. We can’t be safe until all of us are safe. We all have to be very strong, he said adding that through his efforts, his aim to save as many lives as possible.

“I’m not going to sit still till this is achieved. Everything else can wait, but we cannot have any delay in saving lives”, he said.

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California-based aid group Vibha, in partnership with Mr Khanna, is also mobilising efforts and raising money to procure the much-needed oxygen concentrators, PPE kits and other essential supplies for distribution across India. Mr Khanna said while half a million dollars have been collected in about five days, the organisation and he aims to collect a million dollars to help procure additional critical supplies for India. He said he is also figuring out to fund vaccination centers in the country.

Last year, Mr Khanna’s massive food drive ‘FeedIndia Initiative’ had provided meals, rations and other essential supplies to millions of people across India amid the first wave of COVID19. As the pandemic hit India last year, Mr Khanna had partnered with India’s National Disaster Relief Force for logistical and on-the-ground support and his movement soon received support from companies and tech firms.

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As the second wave of the pandemic causes widespread devastation across the country, Mr Khanna said the food drive will start again and he aims to distribute 8 million meals in the next one week, starting from Mother’s Day this weekend. India is in the midst of a raging second wave of COVID-19 and is recording over 400,000 daily coronavirus infections and more than 3000 deaths. According to data by Johns Hopkins, India has a total of 21 million confirmed COVID19 cases and over 230,000 deaths.

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(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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World

17,91,56,496Cases
5,81,68,051Active
11,71,06,212Recovered
38,82,233Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 193 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 17,91,56,496 and 38,82,233 have died; 5,81,68,051 are active cases and 11,71,06,212 have recovered as on June 23, 2021 at 3:45 am.

India

3,00,28,709 50,848Cases
6,43,19419,327Active
2,89,94,855 68,817Recovered
3,90,660 1,358Deaths
In India, there are 3,00,28,709 confirmed cases including 3,90,660 deaths. The number of active cases is 6,43,194 and 2,89,94,855 have recovered as on June 23, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

59,87,521 8,470

1,26,468 1,055

57,42,258 9,043

1,18,795 482

Kerala

28,29,460 12,617

1,00,881 746

27,16,284 11,730

12,295 141

Karnataka

28,15,029 3,709

1,18,615 4,541

26,62,250 8,111

34,164 139

Tamil Nadu

24,36,819 6,895

56,886 4,443

23,48,353 11,144

31,580 194

Andhra Pradesh

18,57,352 4,169

53,880 4,260

17,91,056 8,376

12,416 53

Uttar Pradesh

17,04,678 202

3,910 253

16,78,486 397

22,282 58

West Bengal

14,85,438 1,852

22,508 232

14,45,493 2,037

17,437 47

Delhi

14,32,778 397

1,918 78

14,05,927 467

24,933 8

Chhattisgarh

9,91,653 482

8,007 557

9,70,244 1,032

13,402 7

Rajasthan

9,51,393 137

2,388 303

9,40,101 437

8,904 3

Odisha

8,83,490 2,957

30,859 1,240

8,48,960 4,159

3,671 38

Gujarat

8,22,620 135

5,159 480

8,07,424 612

10,037 3

Madhya Pradesh

7,89,415 65

1,707 273

7,78,902 318

8,806 20

Haryana

7,67,726 146

2,200 137

7,56,231 263

9,295 20

Bihar

7,20,207 268

2,811 206

7,07,833 468

9,563 6

Telangana

6,15,574 1,175

16,640 606

5,95,348 1,771

3,586 10

Punjab

5,93,063 405

5,968 509

5,71,207 880

15,888 34

Assam

4,88,179 2,869

32,975 350

4,50,924 2,482

4,280 37

Jharkhand

3,44,775 110

1,417 72

3,38,256 180

5,102 2

Uttarakhand

3,38,978 171

2,896 68

3,29,030 231

7,052 8

Jammu And Kashmir

3,12,584 428

7,181 578

3,01,134 999

4,269 7

Himachal Pradesh

2,00,791 188

2,276 132

1,95,062 315

3,453 5

Goa

1,64,957 303

2,920 146

1,59,029 438

3,008 11

Puducherry

1,15,364 284

3,214 150

1,10,423 433

1,727 1

Manipur

64,993 575

9,214 84

54,714 649

1,065 10

Tripura

63,140 395

3,747 163

58,735 554

658 4

Chandigarh

61,467 23

278 33

60,383 56

806

Meghalaya

45,976 421

4,273 77

40,915 341

788 3

Arunachal Pradesh

33,664 289

2,548 9

30,956 279

160 1

Nagaland

24,438 64

1,757 87

22,204 149

477 2

Ladakh

19,871 33

360 5

19,309 38

202

Sikkim

19,458 137

2,430 18

16,732 152

296 3

Mizoram

18,409 430

4,424 197

13,900 233

85

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,520 4

61 1

10,455 3

4

Lakshadweep

9,504 33

315 4

9,142 36

47 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,425 10

103 6

7,195 4

127

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