AGENCIES, Kolkata: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly said on Wednesday that he was ready to offer the Eden Gardens indoor facility and the players dormitory to the West Bengal government should the need arise for mass quarantine facilities in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 600 people in the country and has led to 11 deaths.
“If government asks us, we will certainly hand over the facility. Anything that is need of the hour, we will do it. There is absolutely no problem,” Ganguly was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
In Puducherry, the Cricket Association of Pondicherry (CAP) had also offered the dormitory in its Tutipet campus as a quarantine facility for coronavirus patients.
After the number of coronavirus cases went past 500 in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a 21-day lockdown in the country in an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus and bring the situation under control.
The Mamata Bannerjee led government has already ordered a lockdown in the state in view of the threat of the coronavirus outbreak and has ensured stricter policing in the city.
Police arrested 255 people in Kolkata on Monday evening for violating the restrictions imposed in the metropolis in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is continuously asking people to follow the guidelines set by the government and not to come out of their homes unless there is an emergency.