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Coronavirus: Islington Council closes cemeteries as 257 cases of Covid-19 confirmed in borough

PUBLISHED: 13:04 07 April 2020 | UPDATED: 13:40 07 April 2020

Islington Town Hall.Picture:Ken Mears

Islington Town Hall.Picture:Ken Mears

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Islington Council has closed its cemeteries at Trent Park and Islington & St Pancras due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

It comes as Public Health England reports there are 257 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Islington as of 5pm on Sunday, though the true number is likely far higher due to the limited number of tests being carried out.

On Tuesday morning Islington Council tweeted: “To protect public health, we have taken the difficult decision to close our cemeteries at Trent Park and Islington & St Pancras to the public. We know this will be upsetting for family and friends who wish to visit but we urge people to #StayHomeSaveLives.”

As of Monday morning, there are 298 confirmed cases of the virus in Camden, 362 in Hackney and City of London, and 285 in Haringey.

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There are 51,608 confirmed cases in the UK and 208,837 have been tested for the virus.

As of Monday morning 5,373 have died after contracting Covid-19.

Does Islington Council closing its cemeteries affect you? Contact Lucas at the Gazette newsdesk on 07785 616244 or Lucas.Cumiskey@archant.co.uk.

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