On Tuesday, the Bengaluru center of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) had a scare after a senior cook of the campus passed away and later tested positive for Coronavirus.
“The question of moving out the teams from Bengaluru doesn’t arise because it’s the best facility in the country,” HI CEO Elena Norman told PTI.
“Even if we think of such a move, it is practically impossible because of the nationwide lockdown.”
With 60 employees, the cook had not gone beyond the gate area since March, says SAI officials.
“A cook, part of around 60 employees, who were asked to stay at home since 10 March because of their old age, died of cardiac arrest at a hospital,” the official told PTI.
“He went to the hospital for the birth of a child of one of his relatives and had a cardiac arrest there and died. As part of the protocol, he was tested for COVID-19 and his reports came out positive.
“The campus is divided into three sections — Gate area, Sector-A and Sector-B. The players stay in the last part, Sector-B, so they are completely safe and are already living a quarantined life for the last 2 months,” he added.
The top officials said that our campus went into lockdown on March 10 before the nationwide lockdown was announced. The cook last visited on 15 March in the campus but he was not allowed in.
“Our campus went into lockdown on March 10 before the nationwide lockdown was announced. The cook last visited the campus on 15 March but he was confined to the Gate area and was not allowed in.
“But still as a precaution, we have put 4-5 people, like guards, the remotest person who might have come in contact with him, into quarantine,” the official added.