Coronavirus crisis ‘to force Government to stockpile body bags’

The Government is reportedly preparing to stockpile body bags in its bid to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

According to a reported email seen by The Sun, recommendations were made to local resilience forums.

This includes heavy-duty clinical waste bags and containers.

The email was reportedly branded "high importance" to the forums, which combines local authorities, police and health services.

Other items reported to be included in the email are aprons, eye protectors, face masks and fit test kits and solutions.

There is also detergent, gloves, gowns, liquid hand soap, alcohol hand rub and oxygen blood level kits.

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Last week, it emerged that Tesco began to stockpile products including Calpol.

So far coronavirus has killed more than 3,000 and has infected more than 100,000.

The whole of Italy has been placed on lockdown over the outbreak, which started in Wuhan, China.

Dr Daniele Macchini, who works at Humanitas Gavazzeni hospital in Bergamo, northern Italy, said: "The war has literally exploded and the battles are uninterrupted day and night.

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"The display boards with the names of the sick, of different colours depending on the operating unit they belong to, are now all red and instead of the surgical operation there is the diagnosis, which is always the same cursed: bilateral interstitial pneumonia.

"The results of the swabs now come one after the other: positive, positive, positive. Suddenly the emergency room is collapsing."

In the UK, there have been 319 cases of coronavirus with five deaths.

More than 114,300 people have been infected by the coronavirus across the world and 4,026 have died.

  • Coronavirus
  • Tesco
  • China
  • Iran

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