Winter Youth Olympics village put to use in fight against coronavirus
The facility which acted as the athletes village at the recent Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne has a new temporary function accommodating medical professionals involved in dealing with coronavirus cases in Switzerland.
Lausanne 2020 said that at the request of the local Canton of Vaud, the Vortex (pictured) has, since 19 March, been available to doctors and nurses treating patients with the illness.
This is enabling them to avoid time-consuming transport journeys as they are already facing long hours at work in hospitals.
The Vortex development was completed in October 2019 and housed athletes at the Winter Youth Olympics held in Lausanne on 9 to 22 January.
It is earmarked to accommodate students and professors of the University of Lausanne in the next academic year.
In a statement this week, Lausanne 2020 said: “Since the end of the games, the Lausanne 2020 organising committee has worked to sell as much furniture as possible and rehabilitate the building for the delivery of the keys scheduled for the end of this month. Today, the coronavirus pandemic has created an extraordinary situation which has led partners to reconsider this programme.”
Switzerland shares a border with Italy, one of the countries that has been most affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and has itself recorded almost 11,000 cases and over 150 related deaths.