It’s a dark time for the country as we fight the invisible killer– a virus that’s wreaked havoc through the country. Currently, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country are 14,378 and it’s scary to think of what the future holds for us. However, one thing to focus on is that we’re all in this together.
One of the highest peaks in Switzerland, the Matterhorn mountain today lit up with an image of the Indian flag to express and inspire solidarity as people face up to the alarming spread of the deadly disease which has killed more than 150,000 and infected over 2.2 million people globally.
PM Modi shared a picture on Twitter of the 14,692-foot mountain lit up with the tricolour.
“The world is fighting COVID-19 together. Humanity will surely overcome this pandemic,” he wrote.
The world is fighting COVID-19 together.
Humanity will surely overcome this pandemic. https://t.co/7Kgwp1TU6A
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 18, 2020
The Union Health Ministry also confirmed that the total death toll in the country has risen to 480.
“Switzerland expresses solidarity with India in its fight against COVID-19. Swiss mountain of Matterhorn lit in tricolour. Friendship from Himalayas to Alps,” Gurleen Kaur, an Indian Foreign Service Officer based in Geneva, wrote on Twitter.
“The Indian flag on the Matterhorn, Switzerland’s landmark, is intended to express our solidarity and give hope and strength to all Indians,” the Zermatt tourist office tweeted.
Switzerland’s #Matterhorn peak lights up with the Indian flag.
A warm message of hope from the Swiss Alps. Light has long been seen as a sign of hope. It’s little things like these that go a long way to show that we’re all in this together. @narendramodi pic.twitter.com/rlBcQsDszh
— Nitin Bhatnagar (@nitinbhatnagaar) April 18, 2020
For the past week, every night from sunset, the Matterhorn peak is splashed with words and images from four kilometres away onto the north and east faces of the mountain, which straddles Switzerland’s southeastern border with Italy.
“We started with a Swiss flag, because it speaks to the mountain and our nation,” light artist Gerry Hofstetter, known for transforming buildings around the world with his displays, told news agency AFP.
Words like “hope”, “solidarity” and “stay home” have since been projected onto the peak, along with a giant red heart on a white background — in the Swiss national colours. The flags of Switzerland, Italy and the Swiss region of Ticino were also beamed onto the mountain on Wednesday night.
A message of hope, unity all the way from the Swiss Alps to India, as the world struggles with the #coronavirus pandemic.
— Nausheen Khan (@DrNausheenKhan) April 18, 2020
This truly is a heartwarming gesture from Switzerland to us and the whole world. Something to keep in mind is that- the human race is made for resilience and survival, we will get through this.
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