Coronavirus | Federer donates 1 million Swiss francs

Roger Federer and his wife Mirka

Tennis great Roger Federer and his wife Mirka have donated 1 million Swiss Francs (approximately Rs 7.7 crore) to the most vulnerable families in Switzerland in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Roger Federer and wife Mirka on Wednesday announced a donation of almost $1.02 million to vulnerable families affected by the coronavirus outbreak in Switzerland.

In a statement on Wednesday, Federer said:"These are challenging times for everyone and nobody should be left behind".

"Our contribution is just the beginning". We hope that others might join in supporting more families in need. The Swiss health ministry has said that 8,800 people tested positive and 86 people have lost their lives due to the respiratory infection. Together we can overcome this crisis. "Stay healthy!", Federer wrote on Twitter.

In order to curb the spread of the global pandemic, Switzerland is under a lockdown with non-essential business allowed till April 19. In all, 19,120 deaths caused by the disease, called Covid-19, were counted.

Globally, more than 420,700 people have been infected by the novel coronavirus and 18,820 have died, according to a Reuters tally.

The government had already ordered the closure of schools and all places of leisure, including restaurants, bars and non-food shops.

Federer, 38, is recovering from a knee surgery he underwent in February. The French Open - the next Grand Slam on the tennis schedule - has been moved to September from May.

"Nobody should be left behind", the 20-time Grand Slam victor wrote on Instagram.



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