Bodies are being kept in a temporary storage facility as under-pressure hospitals are filled to the brim with corpses.

NHS mortuaries are at capacity in Surrey amid rising coronavirus cases in the county.

Some 170 bodies are instead being stored at a temporary mortuary in Leatherhead.

The facility first opened in the first wave of the pandemic and us being used again as cases soar.

More than half of those bodies being stored at the facility died from Covid-19, The Guardian reported.

Capacity at the county hospital's mortuary - currently full - is for 600 bodies, while the temporary facility has room for 800.

Coronavirus mortuary, Surrey
More than 100 bodies are being kept at the facility in Leatherhead, Surrey

A Surrey Local Resilience Forum spokesman said the county would be left in "real difficulty" if the 1,400 capacity is exceeded in the coming weeks.

He said: "To put some perspective on this, during the first wave, they had 700 bodies go through that (temporary) facility.

"The first wave lasted approximately 12 weeks from mid-March to mid-May.

"Since December 21, after just two-and-a-half weeks, they have had 300 bodies go through it."

Royal Surrey County Hospital
Royal Surrey County Hospital

It comes as Brits are warned that tougher lockdown measures might be needed to stem the spread of the virus.

Despite more than 1 million vulnerable patients having received the vaccine, case numbers continue to soar across England.

As of Sunday, January 10, a further 563 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, bringing the UK total to 81,431.

Speaking on Sunday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock reiterated the seriousness of lockdown as vaccination centres begin to open their doors.

Royal Surrey County Hospital
Surrey has seen soaring numbers

He said: "You might look at the rules and think ''well it doesn't matter that much if I just do this or do that'', but these rules are not there as boundaries to be pushed, they're the limit of what people should be doing."

Ministers are considering imposing a ban on exercising with a friend outside your bubble and enforcing stricter mask-wearing rules.