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Cambridgeshire: mortuary capacity more than doubled

Cambridgeshire has more than doubled its mortuary capacity in recent weeks, although none of the extra space has yet been used.
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There is usually space for 566 bodies across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, the county council said, but capacity has increased to 1,129.

Work began on converting a Marshall Aerospace and Defence hangar in Cambridge into a temporary mortuary on April 8.

The county council 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.

As of April 21, more than 150 patients who were being treated for Covid-19 in hospitals in and around Cambridgeshire had died. The death toll associated with the virus in Cambridgeshire has not been made public, and may not be fully known.

A Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council spokesperson said on Friday (April 24): “Additional temporary mortuary space now available in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough available from mid-April, more than doubles available resource countywide from 566 to 1,129 spaces.

“At the time of writing there is currently good capacity within the existing resource countywide and none of the additional space has yet been needed.”