NHS FIFE has stressed it has "sufficient" mortuary capacity to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

But there are plans in place should more space be required.

Concerns were raised after a Facebook post by a NHS Fife worker went viral saying that sites in Fife had been earmarked for massive "refrigeration units".

They made the warning to urge the public to stay indoors.

Efforts are currently being made to try to slow the spread of the virus so NHS Fife can care for those who need their help most.

NHS Fife medical director Dr Chris McKenna said: “In Fife, we have well-rehearsed plans for the eventuality of a large-scale pandemic and, over recent weeks, such plans have been enacted.

“While we do expect to see a greater mortality rate in the coming months as a result of Covid-19, Fife has a sufficient mortuary capacity relative to the size of the Kingdom. Nationally, a number of options are being considered should mortuary capacity require extending further.

“Our efforts currently are concentrated very much on slowing the spread of the virus – flattening the curve as it has become known – so that we can dedicate our resources to caring for those who are most acutely unwell and who require the most intensive levels of care.

“We really need the people of Fife to do their bit in helping us safeguard the most vulnerable in our society. The virus can be carried, and indeed spread, by those showing no symptoms at all. That’s why we need everyone to follow the Scottish Government’s advice and stay at home – this helps protect you and the wellbeing of those around you, particularly more vulnerable members of our community such as our parents and grandparents.”

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