Amid the Corona virus outbreak, Assam government has decided to convert Sarusajai and Nehru stadiums into make-shift hospitals in order to counter the Corona virus pandemic. Sarusajai stadium is home to the Northeast United FC in the Indian Super League. It is a football stadium with a capacity to host 23,850 spectators.
On the other hand, Nehru stadium has hosted numerous international cricket matches in the past. Assam health minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sharma had earlier said that no positive case has been identified so far in Assam.
“Sarusajai stadium in Guwahati will be used to quarantine at least 1 thousand people. Nehru stadium will also be used for the same,” said minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma.
“We have added 30 more ICUs at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH). We are planning to keep Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital (MMCH) exclusively for Coronavirus treatment. We will add 9-10 ICUs at MMCH. We have converted Sonapur Hospital exclusively for Coronavirus treatments except gynaecology section,” Dr. Sarma added.
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Meanwhile, hostels of universities, colleges and hotels might be turned into isolation zone for certain patients. The government is likely to provide free rice to all the 51.39 lakh families under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) from April 1.
Guwahati was set to host two of Rajasthan Royals’ home games. However, with the postponement of IPL, things look bleak at the moment. The Royals franchise had requested the IPL governing council to allow them to host three games. Guwahati has been a favorable venue for BCCI over the years due to the passion among cricket lovers.
Riyan Parag, who represents Assam in the domestic circuit, is a member of the Royals unit. The U19 star was impressive in the 12th edition of the cash-rich event last year. Keeping all of these in mind, Guwahati got the nod ahead of other notable venues.