Dealing with death: Covid’s toll on UK crematoria and morgues

‘Mortality management’ has been stretched and as fatalities pass 100k systems are again feeling the strain

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When the UK’s first victim of Covid-19 died on 5 March 2020, there were only 116 recorded infections in the country and few people countenanced a death toll of 100,000.

But for government planners it was different. Emergency response experts tasked with “mortality management” braced for a death toll that they feared would dwarf anything seen since the second world war. As fatalities mounted in China and Italy, the worst-case scenario for the UK was so grim that one scheme hatched involved storing thousands of bodies in a warehouse in east London.

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Dealing with death: Covid’s toll on UK crematoria and morgues