Eden Gardens is ready to open its indoor facility and the players’ dormitory to the West Bengal government to create a temporary medical facility to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said on Tuesday.
Earlier, an indoor stadium in Howrah was converted into a 150-bed quarantine centre to facilitate the rising number of patients, under the initiative of the district administration and Howrah municipality.
After the number of coronavirus cases went past 500 in India, prime minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a 21-day lockdown in the country in an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus and bring the situation under control.
Prior to this, when the West Bengal government ordered a lockdown in the state in view of the threat of the coronavirus outbreak, Ganguly took to Twitter to say that the empty roads in his home city Kolkata, are the kind of scenes he never thought he would witness in his lifetime.
“Never thought would see my city like this .. stay safe .. this will change soon for the better …love and affection to all…,” Ganguly posted on his Twitter page alongside images of deserted roads.
“I think this is the best option at the current moment. Certain things are beyond anybody’s control. Whatever directives that the government and ministry of health gives us, we have to follow. That’s the case all over the world,” dada said.
“If the government asks us, we will certainly hand over the facility. Anything that is need of the hour, we will do it. There is absolutely no problem,” Ganguly added.
The world’s richest cricket board, the BCCI is yet to pledge any donations or a fund. When asked about this, Sourav Ganguly said he will have words with BCCI Secretary Jay Shah before making a call.
The Covid-19 death toll in India currently stands at 10 with more than 580 confirmed cases of the infection. Maharashtra tops the list of states with the most number of confirmed cases and deaths.
The global death toll from the novel coronavirus has crossed 18,000. More than 4,22,000 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in 168 countries/regions across the globe. China and Italy are the two worst-hit countries by the virus.