A LONG line of hearses has been seen outside a crematorium in China as the Covid death toll rockets.
A body being unloaded at another Beijing crematorium[/caption]
Queues of hearses have been seen elsewhere in the city[/caption]
It’s feared as many as 2.1 million Chinese could die[/caption]
Official figures show just two new Covid deaths and 4666 new daily cases.
The footage of the hearses was shared by epidemiologist Eric Feigl-Ding, who has said the situation was now “thermonuclear bad”.
“Staff at Beijing’s largest Babaoshan funeral house confirmed that all of its incinerators were working but were still unable to meet demand, resulting in a 20-day backlog,” he tweeted.
Dr Feigl-Ding is chief of the Covid Task Force at the New England Complex Systems Institute and one of the first scientists to warn about the ability of Covid to spread, when he worked at Harvard.
Meanwhile, another pictured shared by Sky News showed another long queue of hearses at Beijing’s Dongjiao crematorium this morning.
A man told Sky a friend’s 73-year-old mother died from Covid despite having no underlying conditions.
Across Beijing smoke was seen billowing into the air from crematoriums, many of which are now guarded by police, it reported.
Crematoriums working through the night in Wuhan were an early indication of devastation wrought by the pandemic back in 2020.
Video has emerged showing patients rammed into a hospital sleeping on floors and bodies stored in corridors, in a chilling echo of when Covid first hit China
Despite the official figures, even accounts in tightly controlled official media are now saying 50,000 people are reporting symptoms in one city, Guangzhou, alone.
In Beijing, the authorities have increased the number of so-called ‘fever clinics’ from 94 to 1,263 to cope with the surge in patients.
The R number, which indicates the transmissibility of the virus is currently a massive 16, scientists at the China National Health Commission estimate.
That means each person infected will spread the disease on to about 16 others.
Last winter, cases doubled in the US every three days or so.
Epidemiologist Ben Cowling, from the University of Hong Kong is warning that’s now happening in “hours” in China.
“Even if you manage to slow it down a bit, it’s still going to be doubling very, very quickly, he said.
“And so the hospitals are going to come under pressure possibly by the end of this month.”
The draconian Zero Covid policy saw the population forced to take continual tests for Coronavirus and millions put into lockdown, even if only a small number of people were testing positive.
Smoke billowing from crematorium as deaths surge[/caption]