OFFICIALS have secretly arranged for 200 mobile morgues to be sent across the country.
Local authorities were emailed about the extra capacity for 15,000 bodies to help manage “peaks in demand”.
The grim move came as No10 felt the need to secure “additional body storage capacity” if there is a severe pandemic.
It comes as Sir Patrick Vallance, the government's chief scientific adviser, today confirmed a coronavirus outbreak has started in Britain in a terrifying sign the deadly bug is now out of control.
Up until now most cases were in clusters around people who had travelled back to the UK from aboard. But now, with the rate of cases rocketing, the outbreak from person to person in communities has taken hold.
The Department of Health confirmed the bug is spreading at its fastest rate yet as a total of 47 people tested positive in the last 24 hours.
More than 20,000 people have been tested for coronavirus in the UK overall.
The pop-up morgues – complete with “internal racking” and “built in refrigeration units” – will be transported to existing NHS mortuary sites.
Councils will choose between ordering a single morgue holding 48 bodies, or a block of four modules holding 107.
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