Exiled Chinese Businessman Guo Wengui Blows The Whistle on Wuhan Coronavirus
Exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui recently revealed leaks from Wuhan crematoriums. He claims based on the number of bodies their furnaces are burning, the death toll could be as high as 50,000.
The official coronavirus death toll is some 1000 people in China. The current official death toll worldwide, outside of China, is 1116. But a Chinese billionaire with a history of blowing the whistle on his former government says the real figure is much higher.
Exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui recently revealed leaks from Wuhan crematoriums. He claims based on the number of bodies their furnaces are burning, the death toll could be as high as 50,000. Wengui made the bombshell allegations in an interview with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.
Dear @realDonaldTrump @VP @SecPompeo, I wish you could ask the #CCP to release #Fangbin, who shot this #coronavirus video. He was arrested yesterday. We worry very much about his safety, his life. The world and the US owe him some attention, as what he did benefits us all. https://t.co/aCjDkfQUDh
— 曾錚 Jennifer Zeng (@jenniferatntd) February 11, 2020
Whistleblower: 1.5 Million Coronavirus Cases In China, 50,000 Coronavirus Deaths In Wuhan
He also claims to have inside information that there are 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases in China. Wengui is emphatic that these are not merely quarantined or “under observation” but confirmed cases of coronavirus infection:
— Tommaso Scelzo (@TScelzo) February 8, 2020
China has struggled to contain the coronavirus. But it has also struggled to contain public outcry against censorship and tight control of information. Dr. Li Wenliang, who sounded the alarm about the disease, succumbed to an infection and died this week. The Chinese government arrested him for blowing the whistle.
Then officials tried to suppress news of his death. Afterward, millions of Chinese citizens saw the hashtag #IWantFreedomOfSpeech on Mandarin language social media. But the Chinese government censored that too.
Crematoriums Are Working Overtime To Handle Coronavirus Death Toll
Wengui says there are 49 crematoriums in Wuhan, and they’ve been working 24/7 for 17 days. Last week, a crematorium worker identified as “Mr. Yun” told a Chinese newspaper he and co-workers have been working 24 hours a day:
Mr. Yun says at his location alone, 100 body bags are required a day. The Epoch Times does have a strong anti-communist party bias, but it has not failed any fact checks in the past. And its reporting in the case of Mr. Yun was picked up by the Daily Mail.
Not all the bodies going into the Wuhan crematoriums are victims of coronavirus. There is still the usual number of deaths from other causes. But these account for a small number of the new round-the-clock pace of cremations.
With reports like these and the Chinese government’s history of suppressing information to maintain its idea of order, the official coronavirus figures are very questionable.