Rihanna has taken the current coronavirus pandemic crisis into her own hands and will donate an astonishing $5 million to the relief campaign.
The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of March 21st, more than 290,316 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.
With more than 11,953 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 180 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy and Spain, the WHO have now stated that Europe was the current centre of the pandemic.
Now, Rhianna has revealed an astonishing donation to help those most in need. According to TMZ, the singer will split her donation between a series of different causes and made the decision official through her Clara Lionel Foundation.
With $700,000 of the total among being put toward her home country of Barbados in a bid to buy more crucial ventilators, the money will also be split between struggling countries like Malawi and Haiti as well as fund vital food banks and crucial medical equipment for hospitals in desperate need.
Speaking about the donation, Justine Lucas, the Clara Lionel Foundation Executive Director, told TMZ: “Never has it been more important or urgent to protect and prepare marginalized and underserved communities — those who will be hit hardest by this pandemic.”
The foundation confirmed the donation in the post, below.