The Washington Post on January 10 published satellite photos and other information taken by the U.S.’s Maxar Technologies, showing the operation of funeral homes in six Chinese cities from Beijing to Nanjing surged. Images included body trucks, family members queuing for cremation, and so on, but Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials did not report a spike in deaths.

An online video shows that at the end of December 2022, at Suzhou funeral homes, family members queued up late at night to cremate their deceased loved ones promptly.

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Liang Yan (pen name) from Suzhou, Jiangsu, recently told Da Ji Yuan that her three relatives died due to COVID on January 4, 2023.

Liang said: “Three elderly people in my family died from COVID infection. My mother and two other elderly relatives all died on the same day. Everyone in the family was scared. This is all caused by the pandemic.”

Liang said that to cremate her deceased relatives on time; her family members had to wait their turn online to get the number.

She said: “The infection situation in Suzhou was very serious. That day, after we received the death certificate, we had to schedule the cremation online. The funeral home provided an online hotline and the service accepts only 400 in 24 hours. 

Some of our family members started taking numbers at midnight on January 5. According to our observation, only around 400 numbers have been rolled out in 24 hours.”

Liang said that after arriving at the funeral home, her family members had to line up and wait their turn to cremate the deceased’s body.

She said: “The funeral home in Suzhou was full of people. It was miserable. It was busier than Guanqian, the most famous place in Suzhou. There was no parking space.”

Liang added that “There is a serious shortage of funeral supplies locally. They can’t buy either paper or wooden coffins anymore. Instead, people can only use paper or cloth bags. So when a loved one dies, we can only use a shroud and do not have any other burial items. “One-stop service” workers and ceremony workers must work 22 hours a day.”

Liang also revealed that the cost to handle the funeral work in a timely manner for the deceased loved one doubled.

She said: “My mother’s entire funeral package, estimated to cost more than $14.900 (100,000 yuan), double the original amount, previously it was about $7,500 to $8,900. Everything goes up from funeral wreaths one-stop service staff costs, etc. 

The dead person was lying there, and the family had to borrow money to take care of the funeral. “According to the old custom, if someone in the family died, they would send a wreath … but now there is nothing.”

Another resident, Lin, a resident of Suzhou, said: “The infection situation in Suzhou is very serious. I live in a small community where within two or three days six or seven people died, all due to COVID infection. In general, our place is still in the period of high infection, and what we lack right now is vaccines imported from America such as Pfizer, people with little money are also willing to spend money to buy it, and those who have no money can only wait to die.”

“The CCP has been semi-paralyzed, ask them anything and they will tell you they don’t have the answer. Moreover, everyone in the community is positive, almost no one does anything, the CCP is paralyzed.”

Another online video shows that on January 11, at a funeral home in Shenzhen, there were crowds of mourners and many people lining up to cremate their deceased loved ones.

The COVID pandemic recently flared up in China, and the death toll increased sharply. Recently a resident of Suzhou, Jiangsu, said three of her relatives died on the same day. For the deceased relatives to be cremated in time, she and her family had to line up early in the morning. In just 28 seconds, the number of people waiting passed 160.

The Washington Post on January 10 published satellite photos and other information taken by the U.S.’s Maxar Technologies, showing the operation of funeral homes in six Chinese cities from Beijing to Nanjing surged. Images included body trucks, family members queuing for cremation, and so on, but Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials did not report a spike in deaths.

An online video shows that at the end of December 2022, at Suzhou funeral homes, family members queued up late at night to cremate their deceased loved ones promptly.

​​

Liang Yan (pen name) from Suzhou, Jiangsu, recently told Da Ji Yuan that her three relatives died due to COVID on January 4, 2023.

Liang said: “Three elderly people in my family died from COVID infection. My mother and two other elderly relatives all died on the same day. Everyone in the family was scared. This is all caused by the pandemic.”

Liang said that to cremate her deceased relatives on time; her family members had to wait their turn online to get the number.

She said: “The infection situation in Suzhou was very serious. That day, after we received the death certificate, we had to schedule the cremation online. The funeral home provided an online hotline and the service accepts only 400 in 24 hours. 

Some of our family members started taking numbers at midnight on January 5. According to our observation, only around 400 numbers have been rolled out in 24 hours.”

Liang said that after arriving at the funeral home, her family members had to line up and wait their turn to cremate the deceased’s body.

She said: “The funeral home in Suzhou was full of people. It was miserable. It was busier than Guanqian, the most famous place in Suzhou. There was no parking space.”

Liang added that “There is a serious shortage of funeral supplies locally. They can’t buy either paper or wooden coffins anymore. Instead, people can only use paper or cloth bags. So when a loved one dies, we can only use a shroud and do not have any other burial items. “One-stop service” workers and ceremony workers must work 22 hours a day.”

Liang also revealed that the cost to handle the funeral work in a timely manner for the deceased loved one doubled.

She said: “My mother’s entire funeral package, estimated to cost more than $14.900 (100,000 yuan), double the original amount, previously it was about $7,500 to $8,900. Everything goes up from funeral wreaths one-stop service staff costs, etc. 

The dead person was lying there, and the family had to borrow money to take care of the funeral. “According to the old custom, if someone in the family died, they would send a wreath … but now there is nothing.”

Another resident, Lin, a resident of Suzhou, said: “The infection situation in Suzhou is very serious. I live in a small community where within two or three days six or seven people died, all due to COVID infection. In general, our place is still in the period of high infection, and what we lack right now is vaccines imported from America such as Pfizer, people with little money are also willing to spend money to buy it, and those who have no money can only wait to die.”

“The CCP has been semi-paralyzed, ask them anything and they will tell you they don’t have the answer. Moreover, everyone in the community is positive, almost no one does anything, the CCP is paralyzed.”

Another online video shows that on January 11, at a funeral home in Shenzhen, there were crowds of mourners and many people lining up to cremate their deceased loved ones.

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