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Coronavirus Ireland: Plans for temporary mortuaries as ministers warned over lack of space for corpses

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Stacking up: Coffins of people who have died from the virus in a crematorium in the Italian town of Serravalle Scrivia. Photo: REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo

Stacking up: Coffins of people who have died from the virus in a crematorium in the Italian town of Serravalle Scrivia. Photo: REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo

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Stacking up: Coffins of people who have died from the virus in a crematorium in the Italian town of Serravalle Scrivia. Photo: REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo

THE Government is making plans for temporary mortuaries in the event that a surge in coronavirus cases leads to a shortage of storage space for bodies.

Senior Department of the Taoiseach official Liz Canavan said the "deeply sensitive issue" is being worked on.

It comes after Independent.ie today reported that undertakers have raised concerns that storage space could come under pressure if there is a significant increase in the number of people who fall victim to the deadly virus.


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