Prince Charles calls on world leaders to ‘help India’ amid surging second wave

Prince Charles has called on world leaders to ‘help India’ as he said he was ‘deeply saddened’ by photographs revealing the toll of coronavirus on the country.

Heir to the throne Charles said the British Asian Trust, which he founded in 2007, has launched an Oxygen For India emergency appeal.

It will raise funds for oxygen concentrators to be sent to the hospitals and patients most in need.

The prince said: ‘Like many others, I have a great love for India and have enjoyed many wonderful visits to the country. Indian aid and ingenuity has been a support to other countries through this immensely difficult time.

‘As India has helped others, so now must we help India.’

He said those suffering from the disease in India were in his ‘thoughts and prayers’, adding: ‘Together, we will win this battle.’

India reported a record 379,257 new cases and 3,645 new deaths on Thursday, taking the total number of cases and deaths now at 18.38 million and 204,832 respectively, according to health ministry data.

The record surge in infections has prompted an increasingly urgent response from allies overseas sending equipment.