Scary photos reveal construction of new morgue to accommodate 5,000 coronavirus victims


RAF Upper Heyford website (Photo: SWNS)

These images show a temporary mortuary at an abandoned military base that could contain more than 5,000 bodies when completed.

Initially, two hangars at RAF Upper Heyford in Oxfordshire will be converted to contain 600 bodies each.

Work is ready to start on two other hangars and five more are on hold if the death toll increases – bringing the total capacity to 5,400 people.

Oxfordshire County Council has confirmed that a temporary morgue is being created in the former RAF base to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.

The site is being converted to a temporary morgue (Photo: SWNS)

A worker, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “Two hangars have already been built and two more are on the way, with 600 bodies per hangar.

“It is for the storage of bodies infected with coronavirus and they will be in body bags and placed on the shelves. “

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They said work on the temporary morgue started on March 27 and will become operational on Monday.

The worker said the funeral directors and NHS staff refused to touch the bodies, so they brought in the military, which will take the corpses into rental vans.

They added: “It is strange to work there, everyone keeps their distance and wears masks.

“It’s a little strange, you can laugh or cry, but you just have to do your job. “

The shelves under construction (Image: SWNS)

The Oxfordshire County Council said in a statement: “Like all other parts of the country, there are long-standing emergency plans to provide additional mortuary space in the event of an emergency.

“Partners from organizations such as the NHS, registrars, the coroner’s office and local authorities meet regularly to review the requirements that may be placed on Oxfordshire during the coronavirus outbreak. “

RAF Upper Heyford housed Bomber Command during World War II, but was closed in 1993.

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