Rugby Wales Continues War on Virus
Newport Rugby Club’s Rodney Parade ground, first used for rugby in 1879, is now to be used as a testing ground in the fight against coronavirus.
It will be a venue in their increasing testing facilities of the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.
The facility will provide thousands more swab tests to see determine who has the virus and who has not. Those who have the virus will undergo treatment while those who do not have the virus will be able to go to their jobs.
Rodney Parade is the home ground for the Newport & Gwent Dragons, a professional team playing in the PRO14 competition. The Dragons’ managing director, said: “The health service and care workers are doing an incredible job in such difficult circumstances, so we are more than happy to assist by lending our site and providing stewarding and security teams to support the NHS in its crucial work.
“Playing our part in the local community is at the heart of what we’re about at the Dragons. As well as the work that’s taking place Rodney Parade, our team and players have been making essential deliveries to the vulnerable people in our community.”
Further west, in Llanelli, Parc y Scarlets has been adapted to become a hospital which has now been given a name – Ysbyty Enfys Scarlets, which translate as Rainbow Scarlets Hospital, where the rainbow is a symbol of hope that the virus flood’s end.