THE Cebu City Government has received a mortuary freezer that can accommodate about 20 cadavers in 24 hours to address the long queue of deceased coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients for burial or cremation.
Councilor Dave Tumulak said the City borrowed the mobile freezer from the Alin Group of Companies.
No storage fees will be collected, but those who want to use the facility have to coordinate with the Cebu City Health Department.
The City also does not need to pay for electricity, Tumulak added.
Two more mortuary freezers from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will arrive soon. These are being shipped to Cebu from Manila.
Tumulak said the DILG vowed to provide the additional freezers upon the request of Vice Mayor Michael Rama.
The Philippine Red Cross also vowed to provide a mortuary freezer for Cebu City.
Tumulak on Wednesday, August 18, thanked the Alin Group of Companies for immediately responding to Cebu City’s call for mortuary freezers.
As of August 18, a total of 1,072 persons had died from Covid-19 in Cebu City and 1,246 had died in Cebu Province. (PAC/LMY)