Portakabin lined up to make temporary morgues

Donald Shepherd launched Portakabin in 1961. Photograph: Portakabin
30 Mar 2020 @ 8.17 am
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York company Portakabin is being lined up to make temporary morgues.

The portable building manufacturer, based on New Lane, Huntington, is earmarked to step in to help local authorities cope with a rising death toll from coronavirus.

Government officials are coordinating plans for the creation of a network of temporary mortuaries. They would be located at those areas the country worst hit by the pandemic.

Ian Hudspeth is chairman of the Local Government Association board, which oversees public health. He told the Guardian many were being supplied by Portakabin, and could be located on council or Ministry of Defence land.

A spokesperson for Portakabin told the York Press that the company was working with the government and the NHS very closely during the outbreak.

“We have provided a variety of buildings and continue to offer solutions when and where they are needed most,” she said.

“Portakabin regularly works with government and the NHS and we’re proud to be able to support our nation’s healthcare system at this incredibly challenging time.”