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UK: Temporary mortuary that can hold up to 1,300 bodies opens in west London03:03

UK: Temporary mortuary that can hold up to 1,300 bodies opens in west London

United Kingdom, London
January 15, 2021 at 23:25 GMT +00:00 · Published

A temporary mortuary was set up by the Breakspear Crematorium in Ruislip, west London, as a result of the growing coronavirus death toll in the country's capital.

The facility, which was erected in one week, will hold up to 1,300 bodies once it operates at full capacity by the end of the month and will hence provide an extra 20 percent in capacity for public mortuaries in the capital, according to officials.

London recently exceeded 10,000 coronavirus-related deaths.

"I think it's sad that we need that of course. But we've lived with a crematorium next door for quite a long time. If it has to be done, it has to be done," said a local, Richard, on Friday.

The facility is the latest of a number of temporary mortuaries that have been set up across the country. Westminster City Council chief executive Stuart Love said this is "a visual, sobering reminder that we are still in the midst of a severe pandemic."

UK: Temporary mortuary that can hold up to 1,300 bodies opens in west London03:03
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A temporary mortuary was set up by the Breakspear Crematorium in Ruislip, west London, as a result of the growing coronavirus death toll in the country's capital.

The facility, which was erected in one week, will hold up to 1,300 bodies once it operates at full capacity by the end of the month and will hence provide an extra 20 percent in capacity for public mortuaries in the capital, according to officials.

London recently exceeded 10,000 coronavirus-related deaths.

"I think it's sad that we need that of course. But we've lived with a crematorium next door for quite a long time. If it has to be done, it has to be done," said a local, Richard, on Friday.

The facility is the latest of a number of temporary mortuaries that have been set up across the country. Westminster City Council chief executive Stuart Love said this is "a visual, sobering reminder that we are still in the midst of a severe pandemic."