Chiara Ferragni helps raise $3 million for fight against coronavirus in Italy

Chiara Ferragni

Chiara Ferragni has helped raise $3.4 million (£1.8 million) for those fighting the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.

The Italian influencer and her musician husband Fedez took to Instagram on Monday to announce that they were launching a GoFundMe campaign in support of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan and kicked off the page by donating $114,000 (£86,000).

Less than a day later, Chiara took to social media to share that the page has nearly reached its goal and thanked her 18 million followers for their support.

"We reached more than three million (euros) in 24 hours coming from 165,000 donations from over 92 countries. The biggest crowdfund ever done in Europe. So many other crowdfundings for other Italian hospitals have started yesterday as well (sic)," she wrote. "Now do you believe when I say, 'The power of sharing?' THANK YOU and keep donating."

In their original video, Chiara and Fedez urged their fans to consider giving whatever they could spare to the cause.

"We are here because we want to give our contribution and use our combined forced to curb this emergency taking place in Italy," the 32-year-old, while Fedez added: "What we ask you is, if you have the opportunity, please donate. If you don't have it, share this message in order to reach as many people as possible. I am appealing to all the people who work in the world of entertainment and in the web business, to anyone who can help us to raise as much money as possible to combat this emergency. We also ask to all business people who may help us to expand this message."

Coronavirus, also named COVID-19, has infected more than 116,000 people across 115 countries, with the global death toll at more than 4,000. While the outbreak began in China in late 2019, Italy is now one of the main nations affected, with an estimated 463 people having died and over 9,000 infected.

Accordingly, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has introduced serious measures in an attempt to contain the outbreak, with 16 million people in Lombardy and 14 other provinces effectively placed in quarantine. In addition, he extended emergency measures on Monday, ordering travel restrictions and a ban on public gatherings across the country.

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