England cricket stadium has become COVID-19 testing centre: The iconic Edgbaston stadium will soon be used as a testing centre.
The novel COVID-19 pandemic has taken the world by storm to the extent that plentiful businesses are suffering hugely in addition to the loss of lives around the world.
The sports industry, which primarily relies on live events, has also taken a hit in times when people are suggested to practice social distancing and isolation.
England, who were in Sri Lanka for a two-match Test series, returned back to their country in the wake of the threat possessed by the virus. At the time of writing this article, England Cricket Board has suspended all levels of cricket till May 28.
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With the same time period marking their peak season, they will have to let go off at least one major domestic tournament even if the season commences by June.
England cricket stadium has become COVID-19 testing centre
The pandemic has invited all sorts of contributions from across spheres to make sure that the world deals with it in the best possible manner. As far as cricketers are concerned, the English and Australian players have already spoken regarding receiving pay cuts as an aftermath of the global crisis.
Warwickshire, who play their home games at the Edgbaston in Birmingham, have donated their iconic stadium for the use of NHS (National Health Service) workers to combat coronavirus.
The facility will be ready for testing in a few days time. It is worth mentioning that the car park will be used as a drive-through testing centre for NHS staff. People are expected to drive in through the Edgbaston Road entrance for testing and won’t have to come out of their vehicle to undergo tests before leaving via the Pershore Road exit.
“With our county cricket programme and conference and events business closed until 29 May, our staff have been exploring various options which enable the club to keep supporting our local community during these difficult times, whether that be through making calls to our elderly members and ex-players, volunteering and by offering Edgbaston Stadium for use in the wider civil contingency effort.
“Whilst it is a small part to play in grand scheme of things, we are pleased that our stadium can be utilised to support the fantastic efforts being made by all of our NHS staff in response to the coronavirus crisis,” Warwickshire chief executive Neil Snowball said in a statement.