India's iconic cricket stadium to be used as coronavirus quarantine

India's iconic cricket stadium to be used as coronavirus quarantine
Kolkata (Web Desk): India has decided to use Kolkata's legendary Eden Gardens cricket stadium as a quarantine center for Indian police who contracted the novel coronavirus.

According to details, the stadium that was used for the 1987 World Cup final, will be used as a quarantine centre for Indian police who have the infectious disease.

With the city's hospitals under growing pressure, hundreds of beds are to be set up in the 80,000 capacity stadium.

Nearly 550 Kolkata police have tested positive for the coronavirus and two have died.

"It is our duty to help and support the administration in this hour of crisis. The quarantine facility will be used for police personnel who are COVID-19 warriors," said Cricket Association of Bengal president Avishek Dalmiya.

The beds will be put in galleries around the seating and not on the pitch that was last used by India for a day-night Test against Bangladesh last November.

"Such areas would be thoroughly segregated as a safety measure," added Dalmiya.

The stadium is also used by the Kolkata Knight Riders Indian Premier League side but this year's tournament has been repeatedly postponed because of the pandemic.

India's nationwide coronavirus toll rose Saturday to 850,358 cases with 22,687 deaths. The country has the third-highest number of recorded infections in the world.