COVID-19: UK builds huge morgue the size of two football pitches

COVID-19: UK builds huge morgue the size of two football pitches

A huge temporary coronavirus morgue is currently being built inside the ExCel convention centre, near the NHS Nightingale Hospital in the United Kingd

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A huge temporary coronavirus morgue is currently being built inside the ExCel convention centre, near the NHS Nightingale Hospital in the United Kingdom. The morgue the size of two football pitches is being built to help manage UK’s growing death toll amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The morgue is also close to the City of London crematorium and cemetery. The morgue will be used as a holding place for the dead before they are cremated or buried. It is expected to be opened within a few weeks.

Residents nearby received a letter telling them what was happening. The letter noted that relatives of the dead would not be allowed to visit the mortuary.

Death rates from the spread of coronavirus continue to climb. So-far 2,352 people have died after testing positive for Covid-19 in the UK, following 563 further deaths. There are 29,474 cases of the virus across the country.

The new 4,000-bed NHS Nightingale is preparing to open to patients this week just seven days after work began on the site. Building work on the morgue started on Tuesday, but some residents nearby are unsure about its close proximity to their homes. Those who live nearby described its necessity as ‘frightening’.