Coronavirus: in Madrid, the big ice rink transformed into a morgue | AFP

Madrid’s large ice rink, the Palacio de Hielo, has been converted into a morgue where the bodies of victims of the novel coronavirus recovered from hospitals and nursing homes are stored. This makeshift morgue was set up to help the municipal funeral home, which was unable to collect the bodies due to a lack of protective equipment for its staff. IMAGES

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Spain ice rink converted into morgue for COVID-19 victims | AFP

Images of workers and vehicles, including a hearse, entering and leaving the Palacio de Hielo (Ice Palace) shopping centre in Madrid where an ice rink has been converted into a temporary morgue as Spain struggles to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

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Coronavirus: Madrid ice rink transformed into a morgue as COVID-19 death toll rises | AFP

With Madrid’s funeral services overwhelmed and hospitals on the brink of collapse from the surge in patients, officials have commandeered the Palacio de Hielo ice skating rink to serve as a temporary morgue. Spain’s coronavirus death toll is now 3,434 after 738 people died over the past 24 hours, taking the toll above that of China’s.

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