China is known for its “covid zero” policy, that is, a zero tolerance regime for the disease that worries the world’s population so much, which unfolds through lockdown and other stricter measures. But in December, the restrictions were lifted. In parallel, evidence of a high number of deaths has been highlighted in rural regions of the country: the demand for coffins.
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Casket makers in the Xinzhou region of northern Shanxi province told BBC News that they haven’t had time to stop in recent months, and that sometimes the caskets even sell out. According to these sources, those who work in the funeral industry have “earned a small fortune”.
Epidemiologist Wu Zunyouerca reveals that 80% of the population has already been infected since the lifting of restrictions in December, according to the important. As far as deaths from covid-19 are concerned, last weekend China recorded 13,000. In all, since December, there have been 60,000 deaths.
However, there is no official estimate of the number of deaths in the villages. Another factor that indicates a possible increase is the occupation of crematoria. The local population itself reported to the BBC about a notable increase in deaths, and everyone attributed this to covid-19.
Another point is that these villages are places where mostly older people live, known to be more vulnerable to the disease in question. According to a doctor named Dong Yongming, who operates a village clinic, at least 80% of residents may have contracted Covid.
Several other vehicles have already raised a question: are deaths from covid-19 underreported in China? For The New York Times, the epidemiologist at the University of Hong Kong, Ben Cowling, said that the real number of deaths due to covid-19 is almost certainly higher than that officially reported in the country. The World Health Organization (WHO) itself criticized the lack of detail on the Chinese epidemiological situation.
Source: BBC News