The coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of soccer matches in almost all corners of the planet. Nevertheless, its scenarios begin to take center stage to combat Covid-19, since in different parts of the world they are being prepared as field hospitals or as health centers to care for those affected by the virus outbreak.
from Rio de Janeiro or
are the new examples that were known this Thursday, which were added to the Pacaembú of San Pablo or the Olympic stadium in Bethlehem. In Argentina, most of the clubs offered their facilities for the care of infected people, while the
If necessary. In addition, the Cenard room complex, where athletes who train locally are usually housed, is operating as a center to accommodate people who came from abroad and must comply with the mandatory quarantine in Buenos Aires.
This Thursday, the governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Wilson Witzel, confirmed than the Maracana, stadium where the finals of the 1950 and 2014 World Cups were held and the main stage of the 2016 Olympic Games, It will become a field hospital to treat coronavirus patients. With a capacity for some 78,000 people after the remodeling it underwent for the 2014 World Cup, the Maracanã is a symbol in the history of football.
Other stadiums in Brazil, such as the Pacaembú of San Pablo, will also open their doors to Covid-19 patients of low complexity, in order that the most serious can receive care without problems in the Intensive Care Units (ICU) of the public network.
In turn, football clubs like Corinthians, San Pablo and Santos also offered their facilities to guarantee medical attention in the event of a pandemic if necessary. The state of São Paulo is the most affected by the Covid-19 cases, with the São Paulo capital as the epicenter.
The Mangueirao Olympic Stadium, the largest in the Brazilian city of Bethlehem, meanwhile, It was converted into a temporary shelter to accommodate dozens of homeless people and that they slept in the streets, in a strategy to reduce their vulnerability to the spread of the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, in Spain, Real Madrid and the Spanish Higher Sports Council (CSD) promoted this Thursday that the Santiago Bernabéu stadium becomes a large center for the provision of medical supplies aimed at fighting coronavirus, which will be delivered to the health authorities for proper distribution.
The CSD announced the initiative launched thanks to “close collaboration” between the two institutions, which it also includes the authorization of a current account of the Real Madrid Foundation to make donations.
All the material will be delivered to the Spanish health authorities, under the authority of the Government, so that “You can make optimal and efficient use of these resources, which are so necessary in the current health emergency”, explains the joint statement sent by the agency and by the club.
In England, Liverpool offered their solidarity in a different way: He made his Anfield Stadium security staff available to monitor the flow of people at supermarkets in the Mersey area. “They are clearly the best at this type of job,” said Liverpool CEO Peter Moore.