Is China lying about its COVID-19 numbers?
This is a question that many experts as well as every day Americans have been asking.
Now, a new report surfacing from Shangaii is raising questions about China's official numbers.
A truck with 2,500 urns arrived at the Hankou Mortuary.
When asked about the deliveries, the driver of the truck sais that he delivered the same number yesterday.
Deliveries are scheduled through April 4, which means that a total of 40,000 urns would be delivered to this one mortuary in Wuhan.
There are at least 6 other mortuaries in Wuhan.
More details below:
Ever since the novel coronavirus broke out in Wuhan, China, the country has been the epicenter of new cases in the world.
However, over the past month, Europe and the United States have suddenly become the new centers of COVID-19 outbreaks.
Many people have said that China's numbers sound too good to be true.
Maybe they are.
Shangaiist reports on how Chinese websites are raising questions that rail against the communist government's narrative:
The reliability of China’s coronavirus numbers is under question once again in view of the staggering amount of urns being distributed out in Wuhan.
According to official Chinese government data, 50,006 people were infected with the Covid-19 virus in Wuhan with 2,535 dying from the disease.
However, Chinese investigative outlet Caixin reports that when mortuaries opened back up this week in the Hubei capital, people had to wait in line for as long as five hours to receive the remains of their loved ones lost during the epidemic.
One photo published by Caixin shows a truck loaded with 2,500 urns arriving at the Hankou Mortuary. The driver said that he had delivered the same amount to the mortuary the day before.
Another photo shows stacks of urns inside the mortuary. There were seven stacks with 500 urns in each stack, adding up to 3,500 urns.
Taken together with the new shipment, the number of urns on hand at the mortuary looks to be more than double Wuhan’s death toll.
Urns are reportedly being distributed at a rate of 500 a day at the mortuary until the Tomb Sweeping Day holiday, which falls on April 4 this year.
Wuhan has seven other mortuaries. If they are all sticking to the same schedule, this adds up to more than 40,000 urns being distributed in the city over the next 10 days.
When reporters at Bloomberg made calls to the funeral homes to check on the number of urns waiting to be collected, the mortuaries said that they either did not have that data or were not authorized to disclose it.
China has been attempting a massive global PR-stunt.
They want to appear to be the heros of the crisis, though the pandemic spread globally from within their borders.
The Chinese government has been sending out testing kits to other countries throughout the world.
However, up to 70 percent of these kits have been considered faulty.
Could China be fabricating its numbers to look like the "hero?"
There has been a lot of criticism surrounding WHO and the information that the Chinese government provided early during the crisis.
Though the communist government has a tight control on its press, the media in China continue to ask questions.
Taiwan News confirms:
Chinese media have begun questioning the official coronavirus death tally in the city of Wuhan as a local mortuary prepared double the number of urns for cremated victims, reports said Friday (March 27).
According to data from China’s central government, the capital of Hubei Province registered 50,006 coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, including 2,535 deaths in the two months leading up to March 26, CNA reported.
Yet recently, a local mortuary prepared 5,000 urns in just two days for the cremated remains of virus fatalities, according to Chinese media. On March 23, the government allowed the public to visit mortuaries to pick up the remains of their relatives, resulting in a line 200-meters long springing up at the Hankou Mortuary in Wuhan, reports said.
The Daily Mail contrasts this to the numbers coming out of the U.S. and Italy, where rigorous testing is behind the sudden rise in cases:
Funeral workers have refused to comment on the numbers, saying they did not know how many urns were being collected.
It comes as Italy and the US have overtaken China as the hotbeds of the virus.
America is now recording more new coronavirus cases per day than anywhere else in the world, although Italy has a higher fatality rate.
Italy has recorded the second most total coronavirus cases at 86,498 - 9,134 of them fatal - - and China is in third with 81,340.
And the rate of spread in America - 16,819 new cases yesterday alone - suggests that the peak of the outbreak is still weeks away.
Earlier this month in China, officials said they were on the verge of a 'victory' against the deadly virus.
Wuhan has even partly reopened after its lockdown, but many are sceptical of the official lines coming from the Chinese government after it has faced international backlash for the pandemic.
If China is lying about their numbers, then many will interpret this as undermining the global community's ability to respond appropriately to the pandemic.
Because the virus is so new, there is still so much we don't know.
The more information we have the virus, the better we can understand it and fight against it.
However, any lies regarding numbers will drastically impact our understanding of infection rates, recovery rates, and mortality rates.
Are these urn deliveries indicative of a larger COVID-19 problem in China than reported?