Coronavirus: Gloucestershire public health chief gives update on temporary mortuary

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Saturday, September 19th, 2020 4:50pm

By Leigh Boobyer - Local Democracy Reporter

Gloucestershire’s public health chief says they are “well prepared” to use the temporary mortuary set up in preparation of a rise in Covid-19 deaths over Winter.

The exact location of the mortuary is being kept secret by health leaders, but it was confirmed in April it is within Tewkesbury Borough.

Gloucestershire Count Council would not reveal whether or not the temporary mortuary has been used since it was first set up during the peak of the pandemic earlier this year.

There have been 585 deaths recorded in Gloucestershire since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) of deaths up to September 4, and registered up to September 12.

The latest Government data shows a rise in cases across Gloucestershire since September 1, with 91 new lab-confirmed coronavirus cases up to September 10.

Sarah Scott, chair of Gloucestershire’s Strategic Coordinating Group, said: “With our partners we have plans to ensure we can effectively support the county through this ongoing pandemic, this includes having a temporary resting place facility established, so we are well prepared should the need arise.

“Of course, our priority at the moment is to reduce cases and I’d like to thank all our residents for following the control measures in place.”

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