Nigerian Stadiums To Be Used As Isolation And Test Centres For Coronavirus – Sports Minister

Football stadiums in affected states of the federation will be used as isolations and test centres if the coronavirus outbreak gets out of hand says Nigeria’s Sports Minster Sunday Dare.

Dare made the announcement via his official Twitter handle on Friday.

“Stadiums can be used as testing centres and because of space they will allow for required distancing,” He tweeted.

The virus broke out in Nigeria in March leading to the suspension of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

According to the former NCC stalwart who doesn’t wish to see the epidemic ravage the country like Italy, Iran and U.S.A said the stadiums will provide enough social distance for test of suspected cases.

“Our prayers are that Nigeria never gets to this level – but we must all be prepared to support the system.  God bless all our doctors and medical  staff at this critical time.

The stadiums are huge complexes with many outdoor and indoor areas. Medical personnel and authorities will determine the appropriate areas of usage if and when necessary.” He added.

According to the Sports Minister, the stadiums in Surulere Lagos, Ibadan, Abuja and Kaduna had been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari in the case if the situation escalates beyond control.

Nigeria currently has 65 confirmed cases of coronavirus alongside 1 death. 3 have been discharged.