In a sad turn of events, an ice rink in Spain has been temporarily transformed into a morgue to for bodies of those who succumbed to COVID-19. Coronavirus has hit the country bad and the number of casualties is increasing day by day. Bodies of COVID-19 victims in Spain are now being transported to the Palacio de Hielo (Ice Palace), in Madrid’s Hortaleza neighbourhood.

The country’s emergency military is getting the work done as of now. According to the regional government, turning Ice Palace into a morgue is a “temporary and extraordinary measure” to lessen the pain of the families of the victims. The situation has gone out of hand at Madrid’s hospitals.

After China, Italy and the US, Spain is on number four in the list of countries with the highest confirmed Coronavirus cases across the globe and third highest in the number of deaths recorded. As per current data, the country has 39,673 confirmed cases and nearly 2696 people have lost the battle and succumbed. The numbers were confirmed by the Prime Minister’s office.

In a statement released by the Madrid municipal funeral service, it was mentioned that the workers would now stop collecting the bodies of COVID-19 victims. It is because the workers are afraid and they do not have much protective gear to safeguard themselves from the virus. As of now, the service takes care of 14 cemeteries, two funeral parlours and two crematoriums in the city of Madrid.

As per funeral service, the cremations and burials for those who died of COVID 19 would continue as normal. Madrid in Spain is one of the major epicenters of the pandemic and it was only in last week when the President of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso said that they expect 80 per cent of its population to get infected by the virus.

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