Thursday, February 13, 2020

Rise in sulfur dioxide could be sign of mass cremations in Wuhan

Publicly available satellite images from NASA's Fire Information for Rescue Management System (FIRMS) show dramatically increased open-air fires during the period of the Wuhan virus outbreak from Jan. 11 to Feb. 11, versus the month of October, 2019.
The image below shows open-air fires in Wuhan (LAT 30.5, LON 114.6) in October 2019, which precedes the earliest reported cases of the disease. In this image, a few scattered fires in dark blue signifying a "fire radiative power" (FRP) of 1 and light blue, signifying an FRP of 5 can be seen.
A staffer from a funeral home in Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, claims that the number of bodies she and her co-workers have had to transport and cremate each day is four to five times higher than the usual amount. Based on the account of the Wuhan funeral home staffer, the daily average number of bodies suspected of being coronavirus victims is estimated at 225, or 4,725 bodies, at a single Wuhan funeral home since Jan. 22.
There currently are eight registered funeral homes in Wuhan. If the account of the funeral home staffer is true, this would mean there are 1,628 deaths per day in the city and 34,200 over the past 21 days.

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