Two temporary mortuaries capable of storing thousands of bodies are being built in London to cope with the capital’s rising death toll.
Construction teams were working to finish a mortuary at Wanstead flats, east London. The site is close to the City of London crematorium and cemetery in Manor Park, Newham.
The facility is expected to receive the bodies of patients who die at the NHS Nightingale hospital. The 4,000-bed intensive care unit will open this week in the Excel Centre.
Another mortuary is being set up next to Breakspear Crematorium in Ruislip, west London.
Latest figures revealed 890 people with coronavirus have died in London since the start of the outbreak. The victims included a 13-year-old boy from Brixton.
The Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz, told residents in an email the Coronavirus Act 2020 gave ministers the power to demand the land.