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Makeshift mortuary goes up beside coroner’s court

‘Precaution’: The temporary building next to Westminster coroner’s court PICTURE: LNP

A MAKESHIFT mortuary has been put up in London as a ‘precautionary’ response to the outbreak.

The temporary building was erected next to Westminster coroner’s court with extra storage capacity of 112.

A Westminster city council spokesman said: ‘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 outbreak.

‘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.’

A temporary extension was previously constructed at the site after the Grenfell Tower disaster in 2017 which killed 72 people. The local government association said other councils were considering how to deal with coronavirus deaths.

Ian Hudspeth, chairman of the Local Government Association’s community wellbeing board, said: ‘Councils have been looking at changes to the process around how deaths are managed as part of their emergency planning.’