China is presently facing a terrific wave of deaths as Covid-19 rips through the nation; amid a widespread lack of data as mass, compulsory testing is abruptly halted across the country.
As China moves away from the grueling lockdowns, mass tracking of citizens, and daily testing that characterized Communist Party leader Xi Jinping’s zero-Covid policy, a high-ranking official in the party’s law enforcement arm said that a family member of his had died recently. The family had to wait five days before finding a cremation slot.
The person, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals, said he had only been able to get a cremation that fasts due to his rank and connections within the Chinese political system, RFA reported.
According to the person, who works in the Communist Party’s political and legal affairs system, which directs and governs law enforcement across the country, the current wave of Covid-19 infections in Beijing was driven by transmissions in hospitals, known as nosocomial infections.
“A relative of mine had been recuperating in hospital (from something else), but the hospitals back then basically weren’t discharging anyone because the 20th Party Congress was on at the time, and they said it was because they feared having them test positive once they got out,” the person said.
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“What we saw was appalling,” he said. “All hospital morgues were full, stacking dead bodies on the ground, on top of each other.”
“If you call any funeral home in Beijing right now … they will tell you that they have nowhere to store any more bodies and that you’ll have to wait for a week or longer (for a cremation),” he said, RFA reported.
China officially announced the deaths of a total of two Covid patients across the country today.
This video was made in #Henan today and shows wrapped bodies of Chinese people where relatives are pretty certain the deaths were caused by Covid.#ChineseCovidDeaths #China #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/GsSbvuYx5g
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An employee who answered the phone at the Mentougou Funeral Home in a northwestern suburb of Beijing said they were currently dealing with five times the usual number of cremations.
“There is no space here … our cold storage is full, and there is nowhere to put (any more bodies),” the employee said. “We only have three or four furnaces, and we’re creating 180 people daily.”
They said they are now booking cremations from December 31 at the earliest.
DEBUNK: There have been a few Western media reports claiming China's COVID situation is dire, with fever clinics overflowing and people dying left and right. Let's go take a look together!
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An employee who answered the phone at a funeral parlor in Beijing’s Fangshan district said they no longer take bookings.
Collapse of the Logistics and Transportation sector in China due to covid ? /2 pic.twitter.com/xUecxFUbBF
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