- Title: Madrid to use ice rink as morgue for coronavirus victims
- Date: 24th March 2020
- Summary: MADRID, SPAIN (MARCH 24, 2020) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF MADRID ICE SKATING RING WITH POLICE CORDON CLOSE OF POLICE CORDON SIGN READING (Spanish): "ICE PALACE" HEALTH STAFF WALKING POLICE WEARING MASKS GUARDING SIGN READING (Spanish) "ACCESS CLOSED TEMPORARILY" POLICE GUARD WEARING MASK AND GLOVES POLICE GUARDING EXTERIOR OF ICE RINK WORKERS MOVING MATERIAL EXTERIOR OF ICE RINK WORKERS IN FULL PROTECTIVE SUITS MOVING MATERIAL MEDIA WORKERS IN FULL PROTECTIVE SUITS MOVING MATERIAL MEDIA WORKERS IN FULL PROTECTIVE SUITS MOVING MATERIAL EXTERIOR OF ICE RINK VARIOUS OF SLOW TRAFFIC AND POLICE CARS ON HIGHWAY POLICE OFFICER MAKING TRAFFIC CONTROL ON HIGHWAY VARIOUS OF SLOW TRAFFIC AND POLICE CARS ON HIGHWAY POLICE CONE PLACED ON ROAD POLICE CARS WITH GAS STATION IN BACKGROUND NEON SIGN ON POLICE CAR READING (Spanish): "STAY AT HOME" POLICE OFFICER WEARING MASK GESTURING CARS TO MOVE FORWARD TRUCK DRIVING PASSED POLICE CAR VARIOUS OF POLICE OFFICER CHECKING DRIVER TRUCK DRIVING PASSED POLICE OFFICER DRIVER WEARING MASK IN CAR FEET OF POLICE OFFICER EMERGENCY CAR DRIVING
- Keywords: Madrid coronavirus in Spain coronavirus victims ice rink morgue
- Reuters ID: LVA001C6EWD3B
- Location: MADRID, SPAIN
- City: MADRID, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Duration: 00:03:26
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: Preparations were underway on Tuesday (March 24) at a Madrid ice skating rink to be used as a makeshift morgue for coronavirus victims.
Palacio de Hielo mall, home to a 1,800 square metre, Olympic-sized ice rink, has offered its venue as a morgue after the municipal funeral home announced it would stop collecting bodies from Tuesday due to a shortage of equipment.
The repurposing of the space will be coordinated by Madrid's regional government and military emergency units, which have been deployed across Spain over the past week to help deal with the coronavirus crisis.
The ice rink is close to the IFEMA conference centre, where beds have been set up to treat coronavirus patients. The Madrid region could treat some 1,300 patients at IFEMA this week, and 126 people have already been admitted, the regional government said.
(Production: Raul Cadenas, Julien Hennequin, Miguel Gutierrez, May Ponzo)
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