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Satellite images of China’s crematoriums and funeral homes in the face of a wave of Covid-19

(CNN) — Satellite images taken across several cities in China have captured crowds at crematoriums and funeral homes as the country continues to grapple with an unprecedented wave of COVID-19 even as severe restrictions imposed by the pandemic are lifted.

The images — taken by Maxar in late December and early January and reviewed by CNN — show a funeral home on the outskirts of Beijing that appears to have built an entirely new parking area, as well as in Kunming Lines of vehicles waiting outside funeral homes. , Nanjing, Chengdu, Tangshan and Huzhou.

The streets around the Kunming Funeral Home a year ago. (Credits: Maxar)

Last Week'S View Of The Same Place, Where More Cars Are Seen Parked In The Streets Near The Entrance.  (Credits: Maxar)

View of the same place from last week, where more cars are seen parked in the streets near the entrance. (Credits: Maxar)

China recently abandoned its strict zero-Covid policy that sparked mass riots after more than two years of tight controls on citizens’ private lives.

China’s strict policy protected its population from the mass deaths occurring in Western countries, an argument repeatedly repeated by the Communist Party to demonstrate the perceived superiority of its sanctions.

Since those rules were lifted, people have gained the freedom to travel the country.

Satellite images match CNN reports and testimonies shared on social media about overcrowded funeral homes and cremation grounds.

CNN reports first on makeshift facilities being used to store the deceased in Beijing, as overworked workers try to keep up with the amount of boxes containing yellow body bags, and families report they Waiting for days to bury or cremate your loved ones.

A Funeral Home In Tangshan City In January 2020, Before The Pandemic Hit The Country.  (Credits: Maxar)

A funeral home in Tangshan city in January 2020, before the pandemic hit the country. (Credits: Maxar)

Same Place As Last Week, Where Many More Vehicles Are Parked.  (Credits: Maxar)

Same place as last week, where many more vehicles are parked. (Credits: Maxar)

Meanwhile, the official death toll from COVID-19 remains astonishingly low since China eased restrictions: just 37 deaths since 7 December.

As reports of overwhelmed hospitals and funeral homes emerge, China faces accusations from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States that it has underestimated the seriousness of its current outbreak, as the top world Health officials urge Beijing to share more data on the explosive. Spread.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press conference in Geneva on Wednesday: “We look forward to faster, more regular and reliable data on hospitalizations and deaths from China, as well as more comprehensive and real-time viral sequencing.” Keep asking.”

“WHO is concerned about the risk to life in China and reiterates the importance of vaccination, including booster doses, to protect against hospitalization, severe illness and death.”

Speaking in more detail, Mike Ryan, WHO’s executive director for health emergencies, said the figures released by China “do not reflect the true impact of the disease” on hospital and intensive care unit admissions, as well as deaths. In context.

He acknowledged that many countries experienced delays in reporting hospital data, but pointed to China’s “narrow” definition of Covid deaths as part of the problem.

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