The two hangars, which can hold 600 caskets each, have been converted at Royal Air Force Upper Heyford in Oxfordshire as the country’s COVID-19 death toll climbed on Monday to 5,383, according to SWNS.
One of the workers, who declined to be identified, said construction began last Friday to convert the two hangars, the outlet reported.
“It is strange working there, everyone is keeping their distance and wearing masks,” the employee said. “It’s a little bit odd, you can either laugh or cry, but you’ve just got to do your work.”
Inside the temporary morgue, there are smaller shelves to accommodate the bodies of children killed by the pandemic, according to the news service.
More work is slated to begin on two more hangars and five others are on standby, bringing the total possible capacity to 5,400, the report said.
Oxfordshire County Council confirmed that the former World War II airfield — which shuttered in 1993 — was being used as a temporary morgue.
“In common with all other areas of the country there are longstanding contingency plans to provide extra mortuary space during emergency situations,” the council said.
“Partners from organizations including the National Health Service, registration services, coroner’s office and local authorities have been meeting regularly to consider requirements that may be placed upon Oxfordshire during the coronavirus outbreak.”