India is moving to touch the 8 lakh mark in the COVID-19 cases as the numbers are increasing daily and creating a new record in the country. In this crisis, Bengaluru’s M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, the home venue of the IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), is going to be converted into a COVID-19 care centre.
The COVID-19 or coronavirus is hitting badly the world. While the COVID-19 cases have been registered for more than 1.2 crores in the world, the deaths have been reported for over 5.5 lakhs. Also, more than 72 lakhs people have already recovered from this virus while the active cases are still over 46 lakhs.
In India, while around 5 lakh people have recovered from this pandemic, more than 21 thousand people have lost their lives. India’s current active cases of COVID-19 are more than 2.7 lakhs. India is now the third most affected country in COVID-19 cases.
According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Karnataka’s total coronavirus cases are more than 28 thousand while more than 11 thousand people have recovered and more than 16 thousand cases are still active.
The state’s COVID-19 management in charge, R Ashoka told according to NDTV, “People of Bangalore need not panic. All necessary equipment and preparation are being arranged by the state. We have over 600 ambulances ready to take care of COVID patients.”
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium is 18-acres long
Observing the rising number of coronavirus cases, 18-acres long M. Chinnaswamy Stadium is going to be converted into a COVID-19 care centre. While it was established in 1969, it was used for the first-class matches for the first time in the 1972/73 season.
Having the seating capacity of around 40,000, this stadium has hosted 56 men’s international matches, including a total of 10 matches in the ICC men’s tournaments.
Also, the stadium has hosted 21 women’s international matches, including only one ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup match and four ICC Women’s T20 World Cup matches.
Apart from being a home venue of the IPL team RCB, it also hosted two IPL finals (2014 and 2016).
The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) also added that the Bengaluru Palace will also be converted into a COVID-19 care centre.