Chiara Ferragni raising funds to help fight coronavirus crisis in Italy

Chiara Ferragni

Chiara Ferragni has launched a campaign to help raise funds for those fighting the coronavirus in Italy.

The Italian influencer and her musician husband Fedez took to Instagram on Monday to announce that they were donating $114,000 (£86,000) to the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan.

In an accompanying video, the pair also urged their followers to consider giving whatever they could spare to the cause via a GoFundMe page.

"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: "We decided to create a project in collaboration with San Raffaele Hospital in Milan which aims to support intensive care in order to create new intensive care wards. As you know, intensive care is essential for these patients and with the spread of the epidemic those places are increasingly necessary.

"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 businesspeople who may help us to expand this message."

Chiara concluded, "Come on Italians! Together we are a force!"

Coronavirus, also named COVID-19, has infected more than 114,000 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.

Meanwhile, Burberry designer Riccardo Tisci has also shared his support for his home nation.

"In this tough time, I'd like to express all my solidarity and support to my beautiful country, to my family, friends and colleagues! Italy stay strong. All my love and prayers," he wrote on his Instagram page alongside a map of the nation and flag.

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