Can this possibly be true? Take it with a healthy dollop of salt…
Wuhan crematoriums are reportedly working around the clock to cope with the extra workload during the coronavirus outbreak.
It comes as the death toll from the virus climbed to 490 in China on Wednesday.
The bodies of victims who have died from the virus must be cremated rather than buried, China’s National Health Commission ruled on February 1.
A crematorium worker in the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak has revealed the long working hours he and his colleagues are putting in to transfer bodies from hospitals and private homes.
According to Mr Yun, at least 100 body bags are required every day. The bodies are collected from Wuhan’s three main hospitals plus other small hospitals, as well as private residences.
‘Since Jan. 28, 90 percent of our employees are working 24/7 … we couldn’t go back home,’ Mr Yun told The Epoch Times.
‘We really need more manpower.’
He explained that the funeral homes in Wuhan are struggling to cope with the influx of bodies. ‘Almost all staff at each funeral home in Wuhan are fully equipped, and all Wuhan cremation chambers are working 24 hours,’ he said.
This obviously would mean that the official death toll (490) is a massive undercount. Is it true? I don’t know.
And then there’s this. Again, take it with an ample quantity of sodium chloride:
As many experts question the veracity of China’s statistics for the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, Tencent over the weekend seems to have inadvertently released what is potentially the actual number of infections and deaths, which were astronomically higher than official figures.
On late Saturday evening (Feb. 1), Tencent, on its webpage titled “Epidemic Situation Tracker,” showed confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (2019nCoV) in China as standing at 154,023, 10 times the official figure at the time. It listed the number of suspected cases as 79,808, four times the official figure.
The number of cured cases was only 269, well below the official number that day of 300. Most ominously, the death toll listed was 24,589, vastly higher than the 300 officially listed that day.
Moments later, Tencent updated the numbers to reflect the government’s “official” numbers that day. Netizens noticed that Tencent has on at least three occasions posted extremely high numbers, only to quickly lower them to government-approved statistics.
Fortunately for Americans, the virus seems to be well-contained in the US, so far.
Things really bout to take off. pic.twitter.com/ZElBwsOFcF
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