The Brazilian city of São Paulo will have two field hospitals set up at the Pacaembú football stadium and the Anhembi Sambadrome to treat people infected with the new coronavirus, the mayor of the municipality announced yesterday.
In a press conference, Bruno Covas informed that the Anhembi complex, a giant convention center of more than 400,000 square meters, where the Sambadrome is located, among other facilities for shows and exhibitions, will house 1,800 beds for people sick with covid-19 .
In Pacaembú, one of the headquarters of the 1950 Football World Cup, which was the scene of several of the best performances by player Edson Arantes do Nascimento “Pelé”, the local authorities will set up another 200 beds.
The stadium, which also hosted the 1963 Pan American Games, would remain closed for the next two years for refurbishment.
“We are going to adapt these two spaces, one of them provided by the new Pacaembú concessionaire, which will be ready in two weeks. Anhembi's 1,800 vacancies will be ready in three weeks, ”said Covas.
The mayor of São Paulo clarified that the two field hospitals will serve low-severity patients, so that the most serious can receive care without problems in the Intensive Care Units (ICU) of the public health centers.
Brazil, with a population of 210 million people, has so far registered six deaths and has 621 confirmed cases of infection with the new coronavirus, the Ministry of Health reported on Thursday.
São Paulo remains the Brazilian state most affected by the coronavirus, with four deaths and 286 confirmed cases.
Rio de Janeiro follows, which today registered two deaths and 65 infected.
Thus, the southeast of Brazil became the region with the most confirmed cases, in a total of 391 infected.
On the opposite side is the northern region, with eight positive cases for the new coronavirus.
Bruno Covas did not rule out the opening of more field hospitals in the case of an exponential growth of infections in the capital of São Paulo, where about 12 million people live.
Some Brazilian football clubs, such as Corinthians and São Paulo, offered their facilities to guarantee medical care in the event of a pandemic, if necessary.
In recent days, the authorities in São Paulo have closed schools, museums, shopping centers and, since today, various types of commerce, except supermarkets, pharmacies, bars and restaurants, in order to contain the spread of the virus.
The governor of São Paulo, João Doria, also announced today the closure, starting on Saturday, of all municipal and regional parks, after registering an increase in the number of visitors in the last days.
The new coronavirus, responsible for the covid-19 pandemic, has infected more than 265,000 people worldwide, of whom more than 11,100 have died.