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Coronavirus: Italian town turns chapel into mortuary chamber as it struggles to cope with deaths

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Coronavirus: Italian town turns chapel into mortuary chamber as it struggles to cope with deaths

The chapel of a cemetery in northern Italy has been turned into a mortuary chamber as the town cannot cope with the number of people killed by coronavirus.

Bergamo, in the Lombardy region near Milan, is among the Italian towns worst affected by coronavirus. It has more than 2,000 confirmed cases - recording a jump of over 300

cases in 24 hours - and almost 150 deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.

Doctors in the area have said they cannot cope with the rate of infected patients, likening the virus to an "earthquake".

"The chapel of All Saints, next to the city's cemetery, has been transformed into a mortuary chamber," Milan newspaper Corriere della

Sera and other Italian reports said.

An average of 40 coffins a day are kept there ahead of burial or cremation.

The adjacent cemetery has been closed to the public for the first time since the Second World War.