A temporary mortuary is to be set up at Birmingham Airport.
West Midlands Police have confirmed that work has started on a temporary mortuary site at Birmingham Airport in response to coronavirus.
The site is expected to have initial capacity of 1,500 deaths but could accommodate all deaths from the West Midlands including those not related to coronavirus.
Senior Birmingham Coroner Louise Hunt said: “We understand that it is a very difficult time for everyone and we will do all that we can to make sure bereaved families understand what is happening to their loved ones and to release them for funeral as soon as we can.”
The temporary mortuary will be set up at the Elmdon side of Birmingham Airport.
Assistant Chief Constable Vanessa Jardine from West Midlands Police said:.
“This is a major incident but by bringing all public sector agencies and partners together we are able to better deal with this challenge together and work jointly at a critical time of need.
The temporary mortuary is just one example of how we are all working together to best serve our local people.”