(USA Features) The casualty rate in China caused by the coronavirus outbreak is likely 12 times as high as official figures, according to residents who live in the city where it originated.
As reported by The Epoch Times, information provided by Wuhan, China residents indicates that the real death toll from the virus could be well over 32,000, or about 12.7 times the official figure published by the Communist government.
In addition, reports by medical experts in The Lancet as well as other scientific publications indicate that Chinese authorities have not accurately reported sickness and death rates caused by the novel coronavirus since the beginning of the outbreak last fall, The Epoch Times reported.
“The real situation in Wuhan and the whole of China has been covered up,” said the newspaper.
A clearer picture of the death toll began to emerge as Chinese residents of Wuhan were permitted to go to the seven funeral homes in the city to collect the cremated remains of lost loved ones.
“The urns were countless… The entire lobby was full of urns… Some of them were even placed outside the door [due to lack of space],” Wuhan taxi driver Mr. Yin told the Times.
Another witness told the Times that “Wuchang funeral home informed relatives of the deceased that the facility would release 500 urns per day, in order to ensure that all urns were distributed by April 4 for the Qingming Festival, a traditional Chinese holiday when people pay their respects to their ancestors,” the site reported.
“The city has seven large funeral homes, and each has been returning the cremated remains of approximately 500 people to their families every day, and yet, the official government figures put the total death count around 2,500,” writes Leah Barkoukis at Townhall.
“It can’t be right … because the incinerators have been working round the clock, so how can so few people have died?” one Wuhan resident told Radio Free Asia last week.
“They started distributing ashes and starting interment ceremonies on Monday,” he said.