Creation of temporary mortuary space for 30,000 bodies was reported during supposed ‘peak’ of pandemic. Now, as government relaxes lock-down, sends workers back to work and children back to school, it is more than tripling that capacity and warning funeral directors to prepare for massive new ‘spike’
In April, the BBC reported that the UK government had expanded its temporary mortuary capacity by 30,000 in preparation for the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. The SKWAWKBOX had broken the news almost a month earlier.
The government has claimed this week that its decision to relax England’s lock-down could be taken because the country has passed the peak of infections and deaths – and denied that the resulting flood of people back onto public transport and into public spaces will create a new peak.
But the Tories are planning for the actions they are taking – and those they are failing to take – to fuel a huge new spike in cases and deaths.
Whistleblowers have told the SKWAWKBOX that the government is continuing to increase its mortuary capacity – and has told funeral directors, including the London Association of Funeral Directors, that it is increasing its extra mortuary capacity up to 100,000 and that they should prepare for a second spike by this autumn.
This is triple the current additional capacity and represents a death toll vastly larger than the 60,000 or so deaths the FInancial Times and other analysts calculate have taken place during the whole pandemic so far.
The SKWAWKBOX has a strong track record in breaking information about the government’s coronavirus plans, negligence and dishonesty. Although it was attacked for each revelation at the time, the following SKWAWKBOX exclusives are now common currency and accepted as fact by experts and analysts:
- that Boris Johnson’s ‘herd immunity’ plan would result in hundreds of thousands of deaths
- that ice rinks were being converted into emergency mortuaries – before building NHS capacity
- that known-infected elderly patients were being sent back to care homes to die and infect staff and other residents
- that in-hospital coronavirus deaths were being grossly under-reported
- that deaths outside hospitals would double the official death toll
- that the UK was in the 2nd-worst position in COVID-19 deaths, long before government admitted it
- that the government had not asked the NHS to measure staff deaths
- that the Dept of Health and Social Care was telling hospitals not to test staff
The SKWAWKBOX contacted the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) for comment on the massive increase in capacity for storing coronavirus victims. The MHCLG press office did not deny the increase during the call, but did not respond with comment before the deadline for publication.
The Tories are speaking platitudes to the public in their daily press briefings and in their media appearances. But behind the scenes, they fully expect that their approach will kill huge numbers of us.
The Conservatives have taken offence at the idea that they want people to become infected, but their initial herd immunity plan relied on exactly that and the government has admitted during behind-the-scenes video conferences that they still expect 80% of the population to contract the virus, in spite of their denials in public. Herd immunity has merely been rebranded.
This level of wilful, reckless disregard for the lives of millions is not merely foul. It is criminal. They know exactly what they are doing and what the consequences will be.
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