Tendulkar gives 10m rupees to fight COVID

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India batting great Sachin Tendulkar has donated 10 million rupees (approximately $A173,000) to a fundraising campaign that is helping hospitals treating COVID-19 patients to procure oxygen concentrators.

Mission Oxygen, which describes itself as a non-for-profit, charitable initiative, said it has placed an order for 1,365 concentrators from China and thanked Tendulkar for his donation.

"His donation of rupees 1 crore to Mission Oxygen in its endeavour to procure and provide life-saving oxygen concentrators to hospitals across the nation in this time of need is incredibly heart-warming," the organisation said in a statement.

The campaign has collected $US2.26 million ($A2.90 million) so far from over 15,000 supporters.

Tendulkar, who contracted COVID-19 and spent time in hospital before his release earlier this month, said in a tweet that providing oxygen was the "need of the hour" amid a devastating second wave in the country.

On Thursday, India's total cases passed 18 million as it reported 379,257 new infections and 3,645 new deaths - the highest number of fatalities in a single day since the start of the pandemic.