Due to COVID-19, Brighton & Hove Albion’s Amex Stadium has been converted into a drive-through testing centre to assist the National Health Service (NHS), the Premier League club said on Sunday.
Since March 13, football in England has been suspended because of the COVID-19 that has infected over 2.31 million people globally with more than 158 000 people dead.
With more than 15 000 deaths, couple of Premier League clubs came through to help out the NHS workers in the United Kingdom.
“The Amex will be the biggest testing site anywhere on the south coast, and will be used for self-testing and assisted testing,” Brighton chief executive Paul Barber said in a statement on their website.
The initiative is part of the government’s drive to increase testing for thousands of NHS staff and other priority workers fighting to minimize the spread of the virus, the club said.
“The centre was scheduled to see more than 50 NHS frontline workers on Saturday afternoon, and they will have the results of their tests within 48 hours,” Barber added.
“Within a few days, the site should reach its capacity of up to 1 000 tests a day.”
Tottenham Hotspur has also installed medical equipment to test COVID-19 in their new stadium to help the NHS staff and their families to swab in the drive-through.
Other clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers are actively helping the NHS staff, and the Premier League footballers have also launched a fund to raise money for NHS charity.
Article Accredited To: Mamorobela Lethabo