The Left has been predicting that global warming would be the planet’s instrument of death and even set a time frame for its demise: 12 years. But could the real angel of death be the coronavirus?
It sounds like the sort of doomsday prediction you might expect from a lunatic carrying a sign reading “Repent, the end is near.” But two news stories suggest the possibility that, if nothing else, the effects of the virus could be far graver than anyone has predicted.
The first story is from the Daily Mail. It reports that scientific advisers in Britain have warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson that China may be downplaying the severity of the virus “by a factor of 15 to 40 times.”
The second story, from Time magazine and other sources, notes that funeral homes are buying burial urns in unheard-of quantities. This calls into questions figures the Chinese government has released about the death toll in that nation. Writes Time:
Outside one funeral home, trucks shipped in about 2,500 urns on both Wednesday and Thursday, according to Chinese media outlet Caixin. Another picture published by Caixin showed 3,500 urns stacked on the ground inside. It’s unclear how many of the urns had been filled.
People who answered the phone at six of the eight funeral homes in Wuhan said they either did not have data on how many urns were waiting to be collected, or were not authorized to disclose the numbers.
Shanghaiist, an English-language blog that covers China, did the math. It came up with an estimate that Wuhan’s seven mortuaries have ordered a total of 40,000-plus urns. But according to Chinese government figures, only 2,535 people in Wuhan have died of the virus. So what are all the extra urns being used for?