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Coronavirus: Temporary mortuary in Cornwall cost £1.4m

Coronavirus: Temporary mortuary in Cornwall cost £1.4m

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:13am 15th June 2020.

Written by Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

A temporary mortuary which was set up at Newquay Airport in case of a spike in deaths from coronavirus cost taxpayers £1.4million.

The facility, which has not had to be used, was put in place by Cornwall Council as a precaution if there had been a large number of deaths in the county.

It has a capacity for 900 bodies and was part of a series of measures put in place by the council which included digging extra graves.

The number of people who have died from coronavirus in Cornwall was revealed to be 198 on Monday. The deaths are all those where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate.

It has now been revealed that the mortuary cost £1.464m – the details are included in a list of 53 emergency decisions which have been made by Cornwall Council during the pandemic. The cost of the mortuary is expected to be covered by the government.

With the council’s leading Cabient not holding formal meetings all the decisions were approved by council chief executive Kate Kennally.

The mortuary decision, made on April 17th, is detailed: “Approval of a ringfenced budget of £1.464m to meet the anticipated costs of establishing a temporary mortuary. These costs are eligible for the COVID-19 grant funding.”

The reason for the facility is given as: ” To meet the requirement to provide a temporary mortuary to accommodate excess deaths resulting from COVID-19.”

The full list of emergency decisions is included in a report on the council’s response to covid-19 which will go before the council’s Cabinet meeting next week.

Among the decisions are the declaration of a major incident in response to the pandemic and the suspension of the council’s capital and construction works.

There are also the decision to suspend parking charges during lockdown – they have since been reintroduced – and acquisition of caravans at the Monkey Tree Holiday Park in Newquay to house homeless people at a cost of £155,736.

The council’s purchasing of PPE at a cost of £622,500 to “address the shortage of PPE being provided to Cornwall through the Government’s central supply chain” was another decision made by the chief executive. The council has since said it has spent around £1.5m on providing PPE.

And the decision to purchase 125 hotel beds for people being discharged from hospital who could not return home was also made. The council spent £1.925m on the beds for five months and an additional £1.214m on the care contract for patients. The funding is expected to be covered by the government.

Other decisions included the suspension of tolls on the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry – both have since returned – and acquiring 22 temporary homes for the homeless for sites in Truro and Penzance at a cost of £161,000. The council is applying to the government for funding.

The Cabinet is due to meet on Wednesday (June 17th) to discuss the report.

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