Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos has expressed his concern over the growing number of coronavirus cases in India of late.
A second wave of the virus has hit the country bad, with Thursday recording a high of around 386,000 cases and 3498 deaths. Ramos took to social media to share a link to the UNICEF website urging people to donate to help with the pandemic emergency in India.
He wrote on Twitter: "Deaths and infections continue to rise in India. UNICEF fears that India will become the country with the highest death rate among children under 5 in the world. They urgently need our help."
The statement on UNICEF's official website read: "A devastating new wave of coronavirus is hitting India, leaving millions of families in desperate need of assistance. The number of new confirmed cases has skyrocketed to more than 350,000 every day. The hospitals and health centers are overwhelmed, there are not enough beds and essential medical supplies and oxygen they are running out. UNICEF is working urgently to provide health centers with essential life-saving supplies , such as oxygen, rapid tests to detect infection or protective equipment for health workers."
The Madrid captain himself tested positive for the virus two weeks ago and had to spend 10 days in quarantine, while also recovering from a calf injury. He missed Madrid's Champions League first-leg clash against Chelsea earlier this week but will be back for the return fixture next week.