- The CDC confirmed Thursday the nation’s first person-to-person transmission of the coronavirus that has already killed at least 171 people in China.
- The transmission makes the U.S. at least the fifth country where the infection is now spreading through human-to-human contact.
TORCHING EVIDENCE China is cremating bodies in secret to hide true extent of death toll, says new report
By Robert Mann, The Sun, January 30, 2020:
CHINA is cremating bodies in secret, suggesting the official coronavirus death toll is “way too low”, a disturbing new report claims.
The official death toll from coronavirus in China has skyrocketed to 170, with 7,711 cases now reported — an increase of 38 deaths and 1,737 cases in just 24 hours.
A new report claims China is cremating bodies in secret to hide the true extent of the coronavirus death tollCredit: Wuhan central hospital/weibo
Chinese-language news outlet Initium believes patients who died from the virus were not added to the official recordCredit: Instagram
But now doubts have been raised about the official death toll.
In a bold claim, Chinese-language news outlet Initium believe that Chinese authorities have been cremating bodies in secret.
This week, they interviewed people working at local cremation centres in Wuhan — where the virus originated from — who said bodies were being sent directly from hospitals without being properly identified and added to the official record.
“There are reasons to remain sceptical about what China has been sharing with the world,” said DW News East Asia correspondent William Yang.
“Because while they have been more transparent about certain things related to the virus, they continue to be sketchy and unreliable in other aspects.”
Their investigation comes after coronavirus cases jumped to 5,974 on Wednesday — a 30 per cent increase in infections in a day — surpassing the 5,327 people diagnosed with SARS.
Mr Yang added how the current death toll of 170 is “way too low” for what it should be, adding how the cremation claim “makes sense”.
He continued: “Credible Chinese media outlet Initium interviewed people working at local cremation centres, confirming that many dead bodies were sent directly from the hospitals to the cremation centres without properly identifying these patients.
“This means there are patients who died from the virus, but were not added to the official record.”
There are reasons to remain sceptical about what China has been sharing with the world
Just last week, The Guardian reported how Chinese hospitals were not testing patients for the virus, and at least one family was pressured into a cremation.
Two doctors reportedly told the family that the patient had likely contracted coronavirus, but provided no documentation.
There are also damning stories from Wuhan of medics failing to test patients who were clearly showing signs of the illness.
Kyle Hui told the New York Times that despite his stepmother having the correct symptoms — including a cough and a fever — doctors wearing hazmat suits refused to test her for the virus.
Subsequently, she died on January 15 with Mr Hui arguing how her death certificate says “severe pneumonia” rather than coronavirus.
And while she has not been recorded as one of the official victims of the bug, he claims how doctors told him to cremate his stepmother’s body because they suspected she had the disease.
Scientists say there are still many questions to be answered about the new virus, including just how easily it spreads and how severe it is.
World health officials expressed “great concern” on Wednesday that the virus is starting to spread between people outside of China.
They added how they were taking “extraordinary measures in the face of an extraordinary challenge” posed by the outbreak.
The global pandemic has caused serious confusion, panic and heartache around the world.
Just today, a Brit dad trapped in coronavirus-hit Wuhan revealed he will have to choose if he leaves China without his newborn baby and wife.
Health workers have been working around the clock to help contain the killer virusCredit: Wuhan Central Hospital/Weibo
The official death toll has skyrocketed to 170, with 7,711 cases now reported in ChinaCredit: Twitter/RFA_Chinese
The deadly bug started in Wuhan and has spread worldwideCredit: Instagram
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