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Temporary mortuary on Birmingham mosque car park

Dozens of coffins are stacked up inside a temporary morgue on a Birmingham mosque’s car park.

Getting coffins ready at the temporary mortuary

The temporary mortuary, which is open to all faiths, has opened at Central Jamia Mosque Ghamkol Sharif, in Small Heath, because of an increase in deaths due to Covid-19.

It is on the car park of the mosque in Golden Hillock Road and has the capacity for 150 bodies. Marquees and cooler units have been brought in.

Volunteers helping to run the sombre facility say the operation is being funded entirely by the mosque’s own finances.

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