Chinese mainland reports 48 new imported COVID-19 cases

Chinese mainland reports 48 new imported COVID-19 cases

Chinese mainland reports 48 new imported COVID-19 cases

It comes as Italy and the U.S. have overtaken China as the hotbeds of the virus - which has killed more than 30,000 and infected 664,695 world wide.

Wuhan locals claim coronavirus has killed 42,000 people in the city alone, more than ten times the national figure claimed by Chinese authorities.

Mainland China had 48 new cases on Monday, the National Health Commission said in a statement, up from 31 new infections a day earlier. Even though there are incidents which are enough to criticize the Chinese government for providing misleading information to keep the world in dark for months about the outbreak, China's aggressive containment methods have slowed the virus domestically, and now there are more imported cases than local transmission. He said, "The incinerators have been working round the clock, so how can so few people have died?"

The US has reported 137,294 cases and more than 2,000 deaths. He added the funeral homes had started giving out the ashes and commenced interment ceremonies on Monday.

Another resident claimed that there are many deceased people who had died in their houses but they were never treated for the Coronavirus.

A city source added that, based on the aggregation of funeral and cremation numbers, authorities likely know the real number and are keeping it under wraps.

At present, seven funeral homes are running in Wuhan.

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If one were to go by these estimates, it would imply that around 42,000 urns would be handed out during the said period.

Missing mobiles in China another indicator?

Meanwhile as coronavirus abated in the country, China, which came to a standstill due to the COVID-19 outbreak for over two months, cut the Reverse Repo Rate (RRR) by 20 basis points on Monday to facilitate more lending as the world's second-largest economy ramped up the manufacturing sector to nearly 100 per cent of its capacity to make up for big losses.

This week on social media photos began circulating about the urns arriving in Wuhan after families who had lost loved ones due to the Novel Coronavirus outbreak were instructed to pick up cremated ashes from one of the local funeral homes in the city.

Reports of the funeral's crematoriums working nonstop also raised questions.

"The official number of deaths can not be correct, because the funeral parlours have been working all day".

Families were told by the funeral homes that they will try to conclude the cremations before the traditional grave-tending festival of Qing Ming on April 5, which would mark a 12-day process starting March 23, the report said.

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