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Ministers are considering stockpiling more than three million body bags because of fears of an impending flu pandemic, a senior Government source has revealed.
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The prospect of 'common burial' would stir up images of the pits used for victims of the Great Plague in 1665.
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The Home Office said no decision on ordering body bags had been taken. It is not known how many are available in the UK.
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