Breitbart Peddles Falun Gong Fairy Tales on Wuhan Virus
Breitbart, peddles sensationalist nonsense by the notorious fake news factory of the Falun Gong cult that is The Epoch Times , which Breitbart deems an “anti-communist newspaper” which is a little bit like calling Joseph Stalin an “anti-Fascist” — technically correct but still fantastically dishonest in how much it leaves out:
A shocking report published Saturday local time by the Epoch Times revealed that crematoriums in China are struggling to keep up with the hundreds of bodies they are receiving, suggesting Beijing is undercounting the number of coronavirus deaths in the country.
The Epoch Times, a Chinese-American anti-communist newspaper, sent journalists to speak with the heads of several funeral homes and crematoriums in Hubei province – whose capital, Wuhan, is the epicenter of the current novel coronavirus outbreak. The newspaper found that adding up the total number of people cremated per day in several funeral homes yielded a significantly larger number than the official number of [virus] deaths tallied since the outbreak began in December. [No shit, Sherlock.]
With this math, the newspaper concludes that Hubei province incinerated 341 bodies on February 3; China reported 65 deaths nationwide due to coronavirus that day.
Cremation is a common burial practice in China, and Wuhan is a city of 19 million people. Wuhan crematoriums are indeed cremating hundreds of bodies a day. Just like they do every day.
Falun Gong itself gives up the game when it reports the “backlog” of bodies waiting to be cremated is because fewer crematorium workers are showing up for work either because of the holiday season or because of disease fears:
“You Hu” told the Epoch Times that the backlog of people waiting to be cremated was not due to lack of space in the burners, but lack of sufficient transportation and collapsing staff numbers, as few were sleeping or taking breaks. Due to transportation and staff limits, the Epoch Times estimated that the Hankou crematorium was burning 225 corpses a day.
Laughable stuff: Because short-staffed private crematoria in a notoriously head-strong, pragmatic and often shortcut-taking Chinese commercial culture are not burning corpses of people who died from the virus separately, like the state demands of them, it must mean everyone cremated in fact died of the virus:
Of course, the article notes that there is no guarantee that all these people died after becoming infected with the novel coronavirus. It notes that, of the 127 remains “You Hu” received on February 3 (116 were cremated that day), eight were confirmed coronavirus patients and 48 were suspected carriers. The newspaper also identified another funeral home that took in 22 sets of remains and three were confirmed coronavirus cases.
These numbers, the report argues, do not align with the Communist Party policies issued on handling coronavirus remains.
“As per from the current policy of the Communist Party of China … the funeral home must give priority to the burning of novel coronavirus patients’ bodies; other bodies may not be burned on the same day due to funeral culture, rituals, and other reasons,” the article notes. “Based on this, it can be inferred that the 116 dead [at “You Hu”‘s crematorium] basically all died of novel coronavirus pneumonia, or at least suspected of having died of it.” [No you can’t, idiot. Based on this you may inferr that in a one-party state the authorities can say one thing but that doesn’t mean it actually happens.]
Simply laughable stuff, and a waste of time.
But hey, as long as it’s good for clicks, and there’s never a fallout from being wrong on “Communist” China.