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Cambridgeshire County Council is creating a temporary morgue 'just in case'



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A temporary mortuary is to be built in Cambridgeshire to increase capacity in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cambridgeshire County Council announced work would begin converting a Marshall Aerospace and Defence hanger into a temporary mortuary on Wednesday (April 8).

The council said the facility would be for use in the event Cambridgeshire’s current provision is not sufficient to meet the need during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A hangar at Marshall Aerospace and Defence in Cambridge is being turned into a temporary morgue. (33269994)
A hangar at Marshall Aerospace and Defence in Cambridge is being turned into a temporary morgue. (33269994)

Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, Coun Steve Count, said: “Local authorities have a duty to ensure that temporary mortuary facilities are available, and while we hope we don’t have to use them, we have to be ready.

“We’re grateful to Marshall Aerospace and Defence in playing their part in helping us deal with this emergency situation and we really appreciate them coming forward in this way.”

The council said the facility will be a prefabricated building inside the hangar and will only be used by funeral directors and those looking after the site and run to the highest standards. There will be no public access or post mortem activity taking place at the site.



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