An additional mortuary will be temporarily built in Jersey to cope with additional deaths due to coronavirus.

The facility, called the Sanctum, will only be used when the current space runs out.

The Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondré made the announcement, acknowledging that 'more people will die'.

While we are making positive progress in the management of the virus, thanks to the cooperation and goodwill of Islanders, we know that, sadly, more people will die.

JOHN LE FONDRÉ, CHIEF MINISTER

A new group of officials has also been set up to ensure every patient who dies is treated with care and dignity.

It includes representatives from across the Government, States of Jersey Police, the Deputy Viscount, the Superintendent Registrar, faith groups and the islands’ funeral directors.

Their work will ensure that we are suitability prepared for an increase in the number of deaths, and that any Islander will be treated with the upmost care and dignity whilst at rest.

JOHN LE FONDRÉ, CHIEF MINISTER