These sobering images show inside a temporary morgue being built at a disused military base.

Knutsford Guardian:

Two hangars at the former RAF base in Upper Heyford have been converted to hold 600 corpses each.

According to a work the racking also includes smaller shelves to accommodate children - but Oxfordshire county council has thrown these claims out of the window.

Knutsford Guardian:

Oxfordshire County Council has confirmed that a temporary mortuary is being set up at the former American RAF base to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic and will have space for 1,480 dead bodies. 

Read the details from the county council here. 

The worker, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “Two hangars have been done already... with 600 bodies per hangar.

Knutsford Guardian:

“It is for storage for bodies infected with coronavirus and they’ll be in body bags and laid on the shelves.

“It is strange working there, everyone is keeping their distance and wearing masks.

“It’s a little bit odd, you can either laugh or cry, but you’ve just got to do your work.

“What's strange is there are different size shelves. It can be a little bit crazy.

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“The work initially started last Friday and it finished yesterday.

“As of Monday they can start putting bodies in."

Despite funeral directors and companies still running as normal, the employee said the army will be moving bodies around, but this has also been denied by the council.

They added: “I think there are about 10 scaffolders, a few carpenters and three or four electricians.

Knutsford Guardian:

“There are another two hangars and they are going to wait and see if the numbers keep growing."

The council has said that in total there will be three hangars, no more. 

RAF Upper Heyford was home to Bomber Command during WWII but was closed in 1993.

Knutsford Guardian:

Oxfordshire County Council said in a statement: “In common with all other areas of the country there are longstanding contingency plans to provide extra mortuary space during emergency situations.

“Partners from organisations including the NHS, 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.

"This has led to a temporary facility being prepared at the former RAF base at Heyford Park, which will be used if required."