Coronavirus: Brazil’s Maracana stadium turns hospital

Brazil’s top football clubs are handing over their stadiums including Maracana, one of the world’s largest stadiums by capacity, for health authorities to turn them into field hospitals and clinics to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Football in Brazil has been suspended until further notice and more than half the clubs in Brazil’s “Serie A” have given up their stadiums to expand hospital capacity to deal with the coronavirus.

Current South American champions Flamengo confirmed it is giving control of their famous Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro to health authorities.

Authorities in Sao Paulo said, they would install 200 beds in a field hospital at the Pacaembu municipal stadium to relieve pressure on the city’s hospitals.

As of Monday morning, Brazil has 1,546 confirmed infections and 25 deaths.

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