Hampshire’s coronavirus mortuary to be dismantled

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The mortuary was set up in April

A TEMPORARY mortuary in Hampshire is set to be dismantled but county bosses are looking for an alternative site.

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Civic chiefs have confirmed that the temporary mortuary set up at Southampton Airport in April will be dismantled by next month, writes Maria Zaccaro of the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

It comes as the morgue was set up on one side of the airfield, known as the Grayson Site, in a bid to serve Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton in the fight against coronavirus. At the end of May Southampton Airport confirmed that domestic flights would resume this month.

Now a spokesperson for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Resilience Forum said that it recognised “the importance for normal operations to recommence at the airport, and therefore anticipate handing back the area we currently occupy by early July”.

The forum said it is considering the additional mortuary capacity that may be required later.

A spokesperson added: “There are a number of options for a new site currently on the table for consideration – we are hoping a decision on this will be made by early August.

“While we have not required the additional temporary capacity to date, we feel it is prudent to ensure our county is well placed to respond quickly should there be any further spikes in infection, and therefore mortality rates, particularly as we move into the winter.”

The sites currently being considered have not been revealed.

The news came as government figures on Friday 12th June showed that there have been more than 290,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and just over 41,000 people have lost their lives.

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