Recently, the pandemic situation in Beijing spiked, and a large number of patients have fevers. Because of this current resurgence, more than 10 funeral homes in the city are operating at full tilt and cremations are backed up for nearly a week, and the cemetery in Beijing is full. In the recent internet obituaries from Peking University and Tsinghua University, many retired teachers, professors, and academics have died.
More than 10 funeral homes in Beijing operate around the clock
According to a report by Radio Free Asia (RFA), since the pandemic re-emerged in Beijing and elsewhere earlier in December, the number of officially published infections is quite different from the real data, and the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is even a secret. The people get daily reports about the pandemic, including funeral home staff who have been stretched to the limit and the customer service staff at a Beijing cemetery said that, recently they have received a lot of requests but the cemetery is full.
On December 13, staff at the Dongfang Hospital of Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine posted on Weibo, “Dear colleagues, because over the last two days funeral home staff have been infected with COVID-19 so there is a serious shortage of workers, and because of the recent high death rate in Beijing, cremations now have to be scheduled and new cases must wait at least 5-7 days. There are so many corpses waiting for cremation, please refrain from calling us because there is no space.”
Staff at the largest funeral home in Beijing, Babaoshan, confirmed via phone on December 14 that all crematoriums are operating and that they are working around the clock. For new cases, at least six days to be cremated at the earliest. Babaoshan is operating at full capacity. It can only cremate about 50 bodies every day.
An employee at Beijing Tongzhou Funeral Home said that the funeral home’s cremations can can only be done six days after getting the deceased. The crematoriums operate 24/7. Staff at Shunyi Funeral Home also said the crematoriums operate day and night.
On December 13, Twitter user Alex reported that major funeral homes in Beijing were overcrowded. A Beijing resident revealed on Weibo that his father died at home, he contacted many funeral homes in Beijing and was told that the body storage room was full. This is the current pandemic situation in Beijing: The dead have nowhere to go.
Recent rumors say many professors from Peking University and Tsinghua University have died
Recently, it was reported on the internet that Tsinghua University and Peking University in Beijing have issued obituaries for the deaths of several retired teachers and professors, but it is not yet known whether these deaths are related to COVID-19.
On December 13, a Twitter user named “Anlin” posted information that Tsinghua University had released a lot of obituaries in the past few days, much more than in the same period last year, and that it is quickly catching up with Wuhan when the pandemic broke out. Obituaries often do not say the cause of death, all are “died of illness.” It is impossible to know if it is related to COVID-19. From December 5 to 9, Tsinghua University issued 5 obituaries, and the deceased included academics, retired cadres, and retired teachers.
On December 14, netizen Old Driver said, the number of obituaries at Peking University is surprising, and what does the large number of professors dying mean. From the obituary of a professor of a public school on October 31, to the obituary of a professor of a Chinese language department on December 6, 16 people died in 36 days.
A netizen commented on Vision Times, “In less than two months, so many people have died, there must be a problem with the vaccine.”
Another said, “The incident shows that the medical care of professors at China’s top universities is not as good as the medical care for senior officials in the CCP.”