Brazil’s top football clubs have offered their stadiums to be used as field hospitals for treatment of coronavirus cases.
According to data collected by Johns Hopkins University in the United States, the country has 1,546 confirmed infections and 25 deaths.
The announcement comes amid the suspension of football in the country until further notice. Current South American champions Flamengo announced that it will surrender their Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro to health authorities.
Most of the teams in Brazil’s Serie A have also given up their stadiums in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta predicted the virus would reach its peak in the country between April and June. He warned the health system in the country of 210 million people could reach saturation by the end of April.