Bodies in bags marked Covid stacked in refrigerated trucks as morgues overflow

The bodies of infected coronavirus patients are being stacked high in refrigerated tracks acting as makeshift morgues outside a medical examiner’s office.

Staff were pictured packing victims into body bags marked "Covid" before being loaded on to a four-corpse high shelving unit on wheels.

The unit was then wheeled over to a giant truck and workers at the El Paso County Medical Examiner's Office in Texas loaded each body onto a container one by one.

It is understood the body bags were set to be moved from the refrigerated trailers to the morgue office, where an official cause of death will be declared.

The chilling pictures were likened to freezer trucks seen in Brooklyn, New York, earlier on in 2020, as cases across the United States continued to skyrocket on Monday, November 23.

According to the Washington Post, 85,700 people were hospitalised with Covid on Monday alone.

Data analysed by the Post also shows the number of patients in intensive care units continues to rise, with those on ventilators climbing at a dangerous clip.

Over 12.5 million cases of coronavirus have been reported in the US, with one 259,000 of those ending in tragedy, according to John Hopkins University and Medicine.

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Despite this, millions of Americans flocked home for Thanksgiving celebrations, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

Over 3 million travelled domestically for the holiday, ignoring advice against all travel from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

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According to TSA spokesman Daniel Velez, Sunday was the busiest travel day since the beginning of the pandemic in March, with 1,047,934 passengers.

Friday was a slightly lower travel day with 1,019,836 travellers screened and 984,369 on Saturday.

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