The ambitious "Ciudad de la Justicia" ("City of Justice") has never materialized due to a series of delays and complications over the past 15 years. The only completed building was intended to house the Institute of Forensic Medicine, but remains empty. Now, with the number of coronavirus deaths in Madrid reaching 2,412, representing 49.6% of the country's total, plans are being made for a second morgue, such as an overflow from the Ice Palace in the center of the capital, which is also being used to store bodies.
It is expected to be ready in the coming days and is being described as "an exceptional and temporary measure to facilitate the work of funeral services, to mitigate the pain of the victims' relatives and the situation that is being recorded in hospitals. In the region."
Officials say the building would be able to hold 200 corpses.
The Minister of Justice, Interior and Victims, Enrique López, said that between 70 and 80 people are dying in the region and the funeral homes are overloaded.
The news comes when Madrid prohibits all vigils, regardless of the cause of death, coronavirus or not.
Government officials say there is not enough protective equipment to allow people who mourn the 24 hours they have been with the body of their loved ones before cremation.
Strict instructions have been given on how corpses should be handled, either in special coffins or in sealed sanitary bags that must be sprayed with disinfectant.
Another option is to use a double plastic cover that guarantees the handling and transfer of the corpses in a "safe way" and that, likewise, must be sprayed with disinfectant for hospital use or with the sodium hypochlorite solution.
"In both cases, once the body has been inserted into the coffin, it must be sprayed again according to the procedure indicated above," says the government.