London mortuary doubles capacity as coronavirus death toll reaches 104

A mortuary in Westminster has revealed it was having to double its capacity from 102 corpses to 200 in case the coronavirus crisis continues to unfold as predicted.

It comes as officials today announced 33 more deaths, bringing the death toll to 104 after the number of fatalities double in the space of two days.

The number of cases in Britain rose by 700 to 2,626 today, sparking fears the outbreak is spiralling out of control.

Boris Johnson announced plans to increase UK's testing capacities to carry out 25,000 tests a day.

Builders in hard hats were seen erecting large white tents around Westminster today.

A Westminster council worker told SWNS the refrigerated racked tent would double the council's capacity.

He said: "The mortuary currently holds 106 bodies. The tent will hold about another 100.

"The tent will be up today and will be ready by the weekend

"We hopefully won't ever need them. But you saw the numbers of what could happen, so we need to be prepared."

A spokesman for Westminster City Council added: “We have plans in place to increase the capacity of our mortuary at Horseferry Road as part of a London wide response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

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“This is a precautionary step and similar arrangements are made during any London wide response to incidents. We hope and trust that this will not be needed but it is sensible to prepare at this stage.”

In response to the worsening crisis today, The Prime Minister said that schools in England would close for most pupils from Friday.

He said there would be exceptions for the children of “critical workers” and for vulnerable children, but he gave little detail of who will qualify.

  • Boris Johnson
  • Coronavirus
  • Westminster

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