Massive deliveries of urns in Wuhan have raised fresh skepticism of China’s coronavirus reporting.

As families in the central Chinese city began picking up the cremated ashes of those who have died from the virus this week, photos began circulating on social media and local media outlets showing vast numbers of urns at Wuhan funeral homes.

China has reported 3,299 coronavirus-related deaths, with most taking place in Wuhan, the epicenter of the global pandemic. But one funeral home received two shipments of 5,000 urns over the course of two days, according to the Chinese media outlet Caixin.

Wuhan, China
TOPSHOT – Medical staff assist a patient infected by the COVID-19 coronavirus leaving from Wuhan No.3 Hospital to travel to Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province on March 4, 2020. – China on March 4 reported 38 more deaths from the new coronavirus but a fall in fresh cases for a third consecutive day. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

Not authorized to share the number

It’s not clear how many of the urns were filled.

Workers at several funeral parlors declined to provide any details to Bloomberg as to how many urns were waiting to be collected, saying they either did not know or were not authorized to share the number.

The photos surfaced after both the United States and Italy have reported significantly more cases and than China. Italy has reported just shy of three times the fatalities.

Wuhan urns
Wuhan urns

China has moved to lift the two-month lockdown on Wuhan after officials predicted a forthcoming “victory” against the virus earlier in the month.

President Trump on Friday said he spoke with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and that he hoped the two countries will share information about the virus to better combat its spread in the US.

“China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the Virus. We are working closely together. Much respect!” Trump tweeted Friday.


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