The bill goes to tens of thousands

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Contrary to official statistics, the actual number of coronavirus victims may be tens of times higher

While the authorities of the Chinese city of Wuhan, which became the epicenter of the outbreak of coronavirus, announced the termination of the two-month quarantine, local residents are increasingly skeptical of official statistics, according to which about 2500 people became victims of coronavirus during the whole epidemic in Wuhan.

Since the beginning of this week, Wuhan’s seven largest funeral homes have given an average of 500 urns of ashes to their families every day. This suggests that coronavirus caused the death of far more people than official Beijing claims.

People in protective suits at the Biandanshan Cemetery in Wuhan, Hubei Province, April 1, 2020

“This cannot be … If crematoriums work around the clock, how did so few people die?”, A Wuhan resident named Zhang says in an interview with Radio Free Asia.

“They started handing out dust and holding funeral ceremonies on Monday,” Zhang said. Seven funeral homes are now serving Wuhan, as well as the cities of Hankou, Wuchang and Hanyang. The users of social networks calculated the daily workload of all seven bureaus, while Caixin.com news site reported that the funeral home in Hankou received only 5000 in one day cremation urn – twice the official number of victims of a coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan.

In social networks, there were reports that all seven funeral homes in Wuhan daily give out to the relatives of the deceased about 3,500 urns.

“They started handing out dust and holding funeral ceremonies on Monday,” Zhang said. Seven funeral homes are now serving Wuhan, as well as the cities of Hankou, Wuchang and Hanyang. The users of social networks calculated the daily workload of all seven bureaus, while Caixin.com news site reported that the funeral home in Hankou received only 5000 in one day cremation urn – twice the official number of victims of a coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan.

In social networks, there were reports that all seven funeral homes in Wuhan daily give out to the relatives of the deceased about 3,500 urns.

The funeral homes notified the families of the deceased that they would try to complete the cremation before the traditional Chinese feast of remembrance of the dead Qingming, which is celebrated on April 5.

According to estimates, from March 23 to April 5, funeral homes will give relatives 42,000 urns with the ashes of the deceased.
Queues in front of crematoria

Queues in front of crematoria

Another estimate of the number of deaths is based on knowledge of how local crematoria function, with a total of 84 furnaces. Given that one cremation takes about one hour, urban crematoriums can give out more than 1560 urns with the ashes of the deceased daily. According to these estimates, about 46,800 people have died in the city over the past two and a half months. According to a resident of Hubei, whose capital is Wuhan, many citizens believe that since December, more than 40,000 people have died here.

“Maybe the authorities are gradually publishing real numbers, doing it intentionally or unintentionally, so that people can gradually come to terms with reality,” says an interlocutor of Radio Free Asia by the name of Mao.

A source close to the Provincial Civil Affairs Bureau claims that many people died at home without getting into official statistics. According to the source, the true number of deaths in Wuhan is classified, but the authorities, apparently, know the real numbers.


“Each funeral home transmits cremation data to the authorities twice a day,” the source said. “This means that each funeral home knows only the data on its own operations, but does not know the situation in other funeral homes.”

According to the source, in just one month, 28,000 cremations were performed in Wuhan. This means that estimates published on social networks related to a period of two and a half months are not an exaggeration. A resident of Wuhan, Sun Linan, spoke about the long lines at the funeral homes, which were lined up by relatives of the victims who want to take the ashes of their loved ones.

“It has already begun,” Sun said. “Yesterday, people lined up in a cemetery in Biandanshan, and today a lot of people were in a funeral home in Hankou.”
Money for silence

Wuhan resident Chen Yaohui told Free Asia Radio that city officials are distributing 3,000 yuan (about $ 422) to the families of the victims as a “funeral aid” in exchange for their silence about the true causes of the death of a loved one.

“Over the past few days, many funerals have taken place; the authorities secretly give out 3,000 yuan to the families of those who died at the funeral, ”Chen said.

Hu Aizhen, whose mother died of complications after COVID-19, says he was ordered to pick up his mother’s ashes at the local district committee.

no one in the city believes the official statistics on the number of dead people.

“The local committee told me that they’re doing the funeral right now, but I don’t want to do it right now,” a Wuhan resident named Ding said in an interview with Radio Free Asia. According to him, now “too many people” are holding funeral rites.

Chen Yaohui says that no one in the city believes the official statistics on the number of people killed. According to official figures, 2,500 people died … But before the epidemic, about 220 [corpses] per day were usually cremated in urban crematoria, ”Chen said. Moreover, according to him, “during the epidemic, they (the authorities) transferred crematorium workers from all over China to Wuhan, and they are cremating around the clock.”

A local resident by the name of Gao says that seven city crematoriums are able to cremate about 2 thousand bodies per day, provided that they work around the clock: “Anyone who looks at these numbers will understand … Liu

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