HOSPITALS in the UK are running out of body bags leaving them 'forced to wrap coronavirus victims in sheets', it has been reported.
Funeral directors are said to be worried about the safety of their staff collecting corpses as the virus continues to spread across the country.
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The shocking news comes as the death toll from the coronavirus in the UK rose to 9,875 yesterday.
Guidance from Public Health England last month claimed that body bags are not needed to relocate bodies as the virus degrades shortly after death.
But the Deceased Management Advisory Group (DMAG), representing the funeral industry, references previous statements from the health body saying the virus might be "present for up to 48-72 hours and even longer in refrigerated conditions."
According to the Daily Mail, one undertaker from North London filmed himlsef beside a man wrapped in a sheet who died after contracting the virus.
Pointing at the body, he says: "All he came in was this…no bag…this is not a joke. I go to several hospitals, I have the facts and figures that the NHS has run out of body bags."
West London Funeral Director Michael Tiney also said that two hospitals in the capital had approached him looking for help.
He told the Metro: "There’s a real shortage of body bags. We try to help out as much as we can but we also need a source of equipment as well.
"Every case we get called to, whether it’s in at home or a nursing home we’re having to treat it as Covid-19, so every body is going out in a body bag. I would rather not risk my staff."
Jonathan Robinson, an independent funeral director in Harrogate, Yorkshire, claimed that shortages appear widespread across the UK.
He told the Mail: "The shortage of body bags is widespread. We are aware that a major supplier in the UK has run out of stock."
Among other hospitals alleged to have 'run out' of body bags are North Middlesex Hospital, after they were ordered to hand them to London's new NHS Nightingale hospital.
According to a diary entry kept by a funeral director in London, staff at the hospital were "told to wrap the bodies in two sheets", the Mail reported.
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The shocking news comes after 19 NHS heroes have sadly died while fighting coronavirus, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced yesterday.
The government has faced criticism regarding a lack of protective equipment being provided to NHS staff.
Earlier yesterday, Home Secretary Priti Patel said she is "sorry if people feel there have been PPE failings" following the deaths of frontline NHS staff.
Stories have emerged of nurses forced to share protective equipment despite being on the frontline of the pandemic.
There have also been reports of exhausted medics forced to cut up hospital curtains to make makeshift gowns due to a lack of protective clothing, and others snapped wearing rubbish bags around the bodies and mouths.
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