By Servet Gunerigok

WASHINGTON (AA) – The U.S. state of Maryland has leased two ice skating rinks as temporary morgues amid coronavirus-related deaths, according to an official.

Maryland Health Secretary Robert R. Neall announced the move to confront the potential for increased deaths, said local media.

“On the grim side, I leased two skating rinks last week for makeshift morgues, so you know what’s coming,” the Maryland Matter website quoted Neall.

Mike Ricci, a spokesman for Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, said Tuesday the move is a “precautionary measure” and in line with guideline by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control

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