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Five mourners dead after 'attending funeral wake where they caught coronavirus' in Birmingham

FIVE mourners have died after they reportedly attended a funeral wake where they caught Covid-19.

The gathering happened after a funeral in Birmingham, according to the local council.

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Council bosses said it was one of a number of breaches in the city of strict coronavirus restrictions regarding funerals.

West Midlands Police had previously shared shocking video of a large gathering at a funeral being broken up at the Castle Bromwich Hall Hotel.

City council assistant director of regulation and enforcement Paul Lankester told Metro: "We've heard anecdotally that there was a rather large gathering in one funeral, it was a street, almost a street party type thing to celebrate the life of someone.

"We've heard that five people who attended that got Covid and passed away."

In another example of rule breaches, 200 mourners reportedly tried to break into a cemetery for a funeral, while another remembrance service was attended by 300 people.

Some people with Covid have reportedly been allowed to attend funerals – a decision Mr Lankester said was "absolutely appalling".

Lockdown funeral rules

The government's current guidance on funerals in England is that up to 30 people are allowed to gather for services outdoors.

Places of worship will be closed, but will be allowed to hold funerals.

During the gathering, you must remain socially distant from anyone that is not a part of your household or support bubble.

Meanwhile, funerals being held inside must allow for people from different households to socially distance, with a maximum of 30 people.

For breaching the rules, you could receive a fine of £100 – doubling for each subsequent offence up to £3,200.

He said: "We've had a very serious incident in the last fortnight where we have taken action against a funeral director.

"I'm not going to say where, when, how, who, what faith was involved.

"We actually quite successfully controlled a funeral that had potentially a couple of hundred people there."

Mr Lankester said people tried to break into the cemetery but they were stopped and then escorted away from the area.

The Sun Online has contacted West Midlands Police for comment.

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