Coronavirus crisis: Roger Federer donates $1 million to help vulnerable Swiss citizens

Ross Houston
March 25, 2020

According to official data from the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 400 thousand people were infected with the new coronavirus on the planet.

While many are battling and suffering from the COVID-19 outbreak, Swiss tennis maestro Roger Federer on Wednesday announced that he along with his wife Mirka will be donating one million Swiss Francs ($100,000; Rs 7.70 crore) to the families affected by the pandemic.

Juventus and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes have donated 1m euros to three intensive care units for patients suffering from coronavirus at hospitals in Lisbon and Porto.

The hospital did not say how much money the player donated, but Catalan sports daily Mundo Deportivo said it was one million euros.

"These are challenging times for everyone and nobody should be left behind", Federer wrote.

Our contribution is just the start. Together we can overcome this crisis! "Stay healthy!" Federer said on Instagram.

More than 90 people have died from the disease with almost 9,000 positive cases in Switzerland.

The Swiss health ministry said more than 8,800 people have tested positive for Covid-19, while 86 people had died as of Monday.

Federer's message comes as the coronavirus pandemic has spread to 194 nations, infecting over 4 lakh people.

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

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

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