BRIT coronavirus victims could have funerals postponed or be buried quickly with no mourners over virus fears.

Funeral directors are meeting with the government today to decide how to deal with the killer bug as the death toll continues to rise.

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It comes after a U-turn in Ireland allowed services to take place but only with close relatives at funeral homes with no open caskets.

Originally, plans were being put in place to hold quick cremations for coronavirus victims with the option of a service at a later date.

The National Association of Funeral Directors is now calling for clearer guidance to help stop the spread of the deadly disease.

Chief executive Jon Levett said: "Funeral directors across the UK have been working to develop contingency plans and are ready to step up to support the Government and the nation in these unprecedented and worrying times.

"However, consistency of advice is key and this is what we are aiming to achieve from our meeting with the Cabinet Office today.

"Funeral directors need a very clear national policy to work to and we are concerned by inconsistencies of guidance appearing across the UK which is making it impossible for funeral directors to give accurate advice.

"For example, if there are restrictions on numbers of people gathering, bereaved people need to know exactly what this means for funeral services and how funeral directors can support them."

Funeral chiefs previously revealed services could be streamed online if mass gatherings are banned to stem the pandemic.

Other drastic measures would include crematoriums being open 24 hours a day if the death toll in the UK rises to tens of thousands.

Funerals could also be shortened to make way for more services, while diggers could create multiple graves at once – with refrigerated lorries becoming makeshift mortuaries.

It comes as Boris Johnson warned more than one million people should stay in their homes for 12 weeks as part of dramatic measures to stop the disease.

The ramped-up battleplan means mass gatherings will be shut down and Brits urged to stop non-essential travel and contact with others.

This will continue for the "long haul" – likely weeks or months.

The number of cases could DOUBLE every five or six days if Britain doesn't take "draconian" action now, the PM warned the country, in the most drastic action taken so far to tackle the disease.

Deaths have risen to 55 in the UK – with 1,543 cases – amid fears 20,000 people could die.



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