Hospital mortician breaks down in tears over ‘conveyor belt’ of Covid-19 deaths
A hospital mortician broke down in tears as spoke about the ‘conveyor belt’ of coronavirus deaths.
Royal London Hospital mortician Hannah Leahy started crying as she discussed the growing number of bodies arriving at the mortuary.
It comes as daily Covid-19 deaths reach record highs in the UK, with hospitals and NHS staff at breaking point.
When asked by the BBC’s Chris Myrie whether it now ‘feels like a conveyor belt’, Ms Leahy said: “It does, in a way, I hate to say that because I hate to think of it like that, but yes it is, almost.”
She added: “Although it’s our job, and we deal with dead people every day, this level I think has taken its toll.”
Ms Leahy, who works as an anatomical pathology technologist, then broke down and said ‘this is how it makes you feel’.
The mortician told the BBC that she cannot talk to her friends or family about the fatalities she is dealing with as no one wants to talk about death.
The BBC report also showed clinical care consultant Marie Healy battling back tears as she told a 28-year-old patient’s wife that he may die from Covid-19.
She said: “It’s very difficult because this poor family have been through a huge amount and actually someone nice, that makes it more difficult.’
“I think the public want to do the right thing, but I don’t feel they understand fully the scale of the problem.”
Home Secretary Priti Patel tonight announced a new £800 fine in England specifically aimed at parties of 16 or more people.
“The science is clear – such irresponsible behaviour poses a significant threat to public health,” Ms Patel told a Downing Street press conference after 94,380 UK deaths – up 1,290 since yesterday.
Martin Hewitt, Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said unlike the £10,000 fine for gatherings over 30, the £800 fine for gatherings over 15 would apply to both organisers and attendees.
He said: “They’re dangerous, irresponsible and totally unacceptable.
“And I hope the likelihood of an increased fine acts as a disincentive for people who are thinking of attending or organising such events.”
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