Temporary hospitals open worldwide to treat COVID-19 patients
The total number of coronavirus cases worldwide closes in on two million. Hospitals around the world don’t have enough capacity to accommodate all of the patients diagnosed with the coronavirus infection and there are not enough beds in the facilities. Therefore, the authorities of many countries decided to convert other buildings to temporary hospitals and set up them in rather unconventional sites.
Thus, a makeshift field hospital opened in Central Park, New York, to treat the patients infected with COVID-19. The temporary hospital is already full. In addition, the city authorities converted a tennis court to a temporary hospital. The facility for 350 COVID-19 patients was set up at the site of the U.S. Open.
Meanwhile, East London’s ExCel exhibition center of nearly 80,000 square meters, which normally plays host to expos, conferences and lifestyle shows, was converted into the temporary NHS Nightingale hospital, with space for 4,000 beds. At the University College Hospital in London, most wards were converted to treat coronavirus. Many of its patients are in a critical condition.
The Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is one of the many sporting venues across the world being used as medical facilities in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic. The Maracana Stadium, which staged the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies in 2016, as well as the finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, is set to have a field hospital to host patients infected with coronavirus. The facility will have 400 beds.
In Italy, the exhibition center in Milan has been turned into a temporary hospital with 200 intensive care beds for coronavirus patients.