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Selayang Hospital resorts to special container for bodies of Covid-19 victims

The existing body fridge is not enough to cater to the increasing number of bodies.

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The Selayang Hospital has become the second one after Hospital Sungai Buloh in Selangor to use a special container to store the bodies of dead Covid-19 patients.

Selayang Hospital Forensic Medical Unit head Dr Zairee Omar said the hospital’s body fridge had a capacity of only 16 bodies at any given time.

As such, he said, they had to use the special container as an additional morgue that could keep 20 bodies.

“We received the container from the Selangor health department yesterday and we have to use this method because our existing body fridge cannot cater to the increasing number of bodies,” he told Bernama today.

The Sungai Buloh Hospital Forensic Unit had also had to use a special container as an additional place to keep the bodies of dead Covid-19 patients following a spike in the number of fatalities due to the pandemic.

The number of Covid-19 deaths in the country continues to rise, with 59 fatalities recorded yesterday taking the death toll to 2,491.

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