A sports stadium in Brazil is being turned into an open-air hospital to handle patients of the coronavirus outbreak, Tuesday, March 24.

The 45,000-seat Pacaembu stadium in São Paulo is expected to house more than 200 beds for minor cases of COVID-19.

It is expected to be ready in 10 days.

The stadium is near several key hospitals in Brazil's biggest metropolis, which is the national epicenter of the disease.

As of Monday afternoon, Brazil had more than 1,600 confirmed cases, and 25 deaths.

Almost all arenas used in the 2014 World Cup have been offered by clubs as open-air hospitals and health care units.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Friday that June would likely be the most critical month for the coronavirus outbreak in the country, as he criticized state governors for taking extreme measures that were slowing the economy.

The outbreak has now infected more than 400,000 globally with more than 18,000 deaths linked to the virus.

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