Coronavirus: Temporary mortuary constructed at Upminster crematorium as a ‘sensible precaution’

A temporary mortuary has been constructed in the main car park of the South Essex Crematorium at Cor

A temporary mortuary has been constructed in the main car park of the South Essex Crematorium at Corbets Tey, Upminster. Picture: Google - Credit: Google

A temporary mortuary has been constructed in the main car park of the South Essex Crematorium at Corbets Tey, Upminster.

The crematorium announced the building in a statement on its website, saying it is being carried out as a “sensible precaution”.

The statement said: “In line with our major incident emergency plans a temporary mortuary is being built at South Essex Crematorium on behalf of the London borough councils and as part of the London-wide response to coronavirus.

“This is being done as a sensible precaution and similar arrangements are made during any London-wide response to incidents.”

The government is making £1.6billion available to councils to deal with pressures on existing services from responding to coronavirus.

Thew news comes as plans are under way to construct a temporary mortuary on Wanstead Flats.

The 334-acre area of grassland has been taken over by the government from its owner, the City of London Corporation, to provide more mortuary space.