Council expands mortuary capacity as ‘precautionary step’
Westminster City Council is expanding the site of the mortuary at Westminster Coroner’s Court as a “precautionary” response to the coronavirus outbreak.
A temporary building was erected next to the court on Wednesday with extra storage capacity of 112.
A council spokesman said: “We have plans in place to increase the capacity of our mortuary at Horseferry Road as part of a London-wide response to the coronavirus outbreak.
“This is a precautionary step and similar arrangements are made during any London-wide response to incidents.
“We hope and trust that this will not be needed but it is sensible to prepare at this stage.”
A temporary extension was previously constructed at the site after the Grenfell Tower disaster in 2017 which killed 72 people.