Amidst the global threat created in the wake of pandemic COVID-19 and the simultaneous numbers of those affected rising by the day, the IKEA facility in Hyderabad, India has stepped up to create a quarantine centre in the city.
With a capacity to quarantine 200 people, the first-of-its-kind quarantine centre aims to provide assistance and reduce the strain from overcrowded hospitals.
Complete with basic amenities including fully sanitised beds and bedding, chairs, tables, and curtains, in proper ventilated rooms, the centre is in its final stages of completion.
The facility features multiple rooms to maintain proper health standards as prescribed by the World Health Organization.
In the time of this global crisis, retailers all around the world are rising up to the occasion.
In the US, mega retailers including Walmart, Target, Walgreens and CVS have guaranteed to offer COVID-19 testing at their store premises. These retailers are allowing parts of their parking lot spaces and other areas outside of their stores to be temporarily used for the testing, including drive-through testing of the novel Coronavirus.
As of today, IKEA operates 1 store in Hyderabad – its first store in India that opened in 2018. The second IKEA store is expected to come up by the end of 2020 in Navi Mumbai’s Turbhe. The mega-retailer also has smaller stores in the pipeline, to be launched in South and West Mumbai as well as the central suburbs of the city.