Do you believe anything China tells you about how it is handling/controlling the COVID-19 coronavirus?

If so, why?  We already know China suppressed information about the virus and lied about how extensive it was at the end of 2019, when – if it had been reported honestly, countless people around the world could have been spared the symptoms and countless fewer might have died.

And, knowing that China lied and suppressed information about COVID-19, why would anyone believe that China had magically, mystically contained it in Wuhan (or, for that matter, anywhere else)?

Now we have a report from Radio Free Asia which, though unconfirmed, I have far more faith in than anything that comes out of Beijing.

Here are a few excerpts:

As authorities lifted a two-month coronavirus lockdown in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, residents said they were growing increasingly skeptical that the figure of some 2,500 deaths in the city to date was accurate.

Since the start of the week, seven large funeral homes in Wuhan have been handing out the cremated remains of around 500 people to their families every day, suggesting that far more people died than ever made the official statistics.

Seven funeral homes currently serve Wuhan — a huge conurbation of three cities: Hankou, Wuchang and Hanyang.

Social media users have been doing some basic math to figure out their daily capacity, while the news website reported that 5,000 urns had been delivered by a supplier to the Hankou Funeral Home in one day alone — double the official number of deaths.

Another popular estimate is based on the cremation capacity of the funeral homes, which run a total of 84 furnaces with a capacity over 24 hours of 1,560 urns city-wide, assuming that one cremation takes one hour.

This calculation results in an estimated 46,800 deaths.

A source close to the provincial civil affairs bureau said many people had died at home, without being diagnosed with, or treated for, COVID-19.

Let me again point out that I do not know this source and therefore do not vouch for its accuracy.

But let me also point out that I DO know the source telling me that everything is fine in Wuhan, and I DO know there is no good reason to believe a word it tells me.

I’ll finish with a point that should be remembered every time we talk about the spread of this awful virus:  it was China where it started and China which withheld/lied about it long enough for it to spread to the rest of the world as it has.

When do our “neutral, unbiased” media start blaming China and its “government” for this, instead of ignoring where COVID-19 came from and, instead, using the virus for domestic, political reasons?

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