HORRIFING, photos of a mortuary set up in Covid’s new London hospital appeared yesterday – a warning to sun seekers flouting the lockdown.
Trucks have been hired to bring up to 40 coronavirus victims at a time to the makeshift NHS Nightingale facility in the Docklands.
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The bodies will then be stacked on shelves inside the containers with a temperature below 4 ° C to keep them while the funeral is organized in a hurry, sources said.
The grim pictures came as thousands of people ignored warnings to stay indoors – including those queuing for ice cream yesterday in Brighton.
A source at the morgue said, “I saw ten trucks arrive one after the other.
“Their containers are for the bodies of those of us who don’t. And the trucks keep coming.
“Our advice to everyone is:” Stay at home and don’t end up here “. “
NHS Nightingale was built in just nine days in a moving response to the pandemic crisis.
Soldiers, doctors and engineers came together to transform the ExCeL conference center into a huge hospital as the death toll rose.
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The expansive space has a 33-foot-high ceiling and typically costs £ 25,000 per day to rent for award ceremonies and chic dinners, with space for up to 5,000 people.
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A source said: “This is the darkest place in Britain.
“Upstairs, doctors and nurses work around the clock 24 hours a day to save lives.
“Here in the dark darkness there is just a disturbing calm.
“The trucks started arriving on Wednesday.
“The refrigerated containers are removed from the trucks and the coffins counted.
“This is the reality of what we are dealing with – row after row of bodies.
“The general public must be aware of the brutal reality of what is happening.
“Maybe people who walk in public parks and buy ice cream rather than staying at home should have a good look.
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The victims will be sent to the makeshift morgue of the NHS Nightingale itself as well as to hospitals in the South East.
An NHS spokesperson said, “Any patient who dies in a Nightingale hospital in London will be treated with the same care and respect as they would receive in other NHS hospitals.
“Everyone can ease the burden on staff working at Nightingale and other NHS hospitals by playing a role in stopping the spread of the virus and staying home to save lives.”
Another temporary mortuary the size of two football fields is under construction at Wanstead Flats in east London.
It will be used as a place of detention before cremations and burials continue and relatives of the victims are not allowed to surrender.
The Sun said last month that the government had secretly sent 200 pop-up morgues to various locations across the country.
Boards have been advised of an additional 15,000 people to help manage peak demand.
Whitehall officials spoke of plans for “mobile modular buildings with internal shelving” and integrated refrigeration units, which have now been transported to NHS burial sites.
The Nightingale in Docklands was officially launched by the Prince of Wales, who spoke via video link from Balmoral.
It needs an army of up to 16,000 employees in clinical and other roles to operate it.
Divided into more than 80 rooms, each containing 42 beds, the facility is used to treat Covid-19 patients who have been transferred from other intensive care units in London.
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The first coronavirus patients arrived at Nightingale on Tuesday evening.
A major 460-bed emergency hospital for Nightingale coronaviruses in the north-east of England will be built in Washington, Tyne and Wear.
The 16-quarter facility will be located in the city’s state-of-the-art international manufacturing park, in a larger unit than a football field.
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