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Temporary mortuary to be built in Cambridge, council leader says

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A temporary mortuary is to be built in Cambridge to increase capacity in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cambridgeshire County Council said work will begin converting a hanger at Marshall Aerospace and Defence, in Newmarket Road, into a temporary mortuary tomorrow.

The authority 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.

Councillor Steve Count. Picture: Keith Heppell
Councillor Steve Count. Picture: Keith Heppell

Cllr Steve Count, leader of Cambridgeshire County Council. 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.