As China fights an unprecedented wave of Covid-19 infections after removing rigorous pandemic limits, satellite photos of several Chinese towns have revealed crowds at crematoriums and burial homes.
The pictures, which were taken by Maxar in late December and early January and examined by HEADLINESFOREVER, depict lines of cars parked outside of funeral homes in Kunming, Nanjing, Chengdu, Tangshan, and Huzhou as well as a funeral home outside of Beijing that appears to have built a brand-new parking area.
Following more than two years of rigorous regulations on residents’ private life, China recently abandoned its strict zero-Covid stance to the virus, which had provoked widespread outrage.
The Communist Party regularly emphasised this comparison to show how China’s tight policies protected its citizens from the kind of mass killings experienced in Western countries.
Since those restrictions were removed, people are once again free to travel around their nation.
The witness reports posted via social media about the overcrowding in funeral houses and crematoriums are consistent with the reporting from HEADLINESFOREVER and the satellite images.
The improvised storage facilities being utilised in Beijing to house the dead have been documented firsthand by HEADLINESFOREVER. Overworked personnel are attempting to keep up with the amount of crates containing yellow body bags, and families report having to wait days to bury or cremate their loved ones.
With only 37 deaths reported since December 7, China’s official Covid-19 mortality toll since it relaxed limits has remained startlingly low.
Top global health officials are urging Beijing to provide more information on the explosive spread as tales of overcrowded hospitals and funeral homes pour in from China. The WHO and the US have accused China of downplaying the severity of its current outbreak.
The WHO’s Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated at a news conference in Geneva on Wednesday that “we continue to ask China for more rapid, frequent, trustworthy data on hospitalisations and deaths, as well as more extensive, real-time viral sequencing.”
“WHO has highlighted the need of vaccination, including booster doses, to prevent against hospitalisation, serious illness, and death,” he said. “WHO is worried about the risk to life in China.”
More specifically, Mike Ryan, WHO’s executive director for health emergencies, claimed that in terms of hospital and ICU admissions, as well as deaths, the figures provided by China “under-represent the full burden of the disease.”
He recognised that hospital data reporting has lagged in many nations, but he pointed to China’s “limited” definition of a Covid death as a contributing factor.