A young Chinese woman stands forlornly outside a hospital in Wuhan, watching as a body bag is carelessly thrown into the back of a hospital van. As the vehicle drives away, heading for a nearby crematorium, the young girl cries out, reaching out to the van, “mama, mama.” She dissolves in tears, “I didn’t have a chance to say goodbye,” she sobs. “They wouldn’t even tell me what killed my mother. But we all know that it was the coronavirus.”
This video out of Hubei Province is heartbreaking and is just the tip of the iceberg.
Officially, there are as of Feb. 11, 910 deaths from the coronavirus, most occurring in Hubei Province. What is becoming clear, however, is that the real number of deaths is much higher.
As testimony to this, the 14 crematoriums in Wuhan are operating to maximum capacity.
One crematorium, with 24 ovens is operating 24 hours per day, is processing hundreds of corpses each day, and can’t keep up with the demand. Logic would tell us then, that with the 24 crematoriums all working to capacity, the body count could be in the thousands each day. That number is a far cry from what the Communist Party would lead us to believe.
The Ministry of Public Security in China, which controls all police departments throughout China issued orders for “wartime preparations.” This means any public or online reporting about the spread of the virus will be severely dealt with. This is despite the fact that honest reporting on the situation could save thousands of lives.
Dr. Li Wenliang, 33, first blew the whistle on the coronavirus spreading in Wuhan, speaking to other medical staff and advising them to become aware of it and take necessary precautions against contracting the infection. Somehow, he then became ill with the virus and died on Feb. 7.
A citizen journalist, Chen Quishi, who had been sending videos of horrifying scenes from Wuhan has not been heard from since around the same time as Li Wenliang’s death. It is believed he has been detained by Communist officials and held in an unknown location.
Although the official figures in China have climbed to more than 40,000 infections, there are some scientists who estimate the number of infected people could be 10 times higher, with many of those infected only presenting with minor symptoms, but still with the ability to pass on the deadly virus to others.
The government in Hubei Province is offering from Jan. 28, “free cremation for the corpses of coronavirus victims. Vehicles, staff, and protective gear are being dispatched to each funeral home [in Wuhan] to improve the capacity of transporting and dealing with the corpses,” reports the New York Post. Funerals have been banned, and immediate cremation is ordered—to prevent the number of dead bodies from piling up.
This is another indication the situation is dire and out of control. Instead of hiding the coronavirus outbreak in early December as party officials had they been transparent and not deceived the Chinese people, the epidemic would have been under control.
If there is one lesson to learn from all this, it is to show compassion for Chinese people. Living under such totalitarian rule for so long, and having been fed a slew of lies on so many important issues for so long, the world needs to find it in their collective heart to feel for their heartbreaking situation.
For those suffering the loss of their loved ones, not being able to say a proper farewell to them may be the final nail in the Communist Party coffin.