Cremations Surge in Chinese Province Amidst COVID-19 Surge

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Cremations Surge in Chinese Province Amidst COVID-19 Surge

Cremations in the Chinese province of Zhejiang surged by 72.7% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2023, according to local media reports. The increase in cremations is a rare insight into the scale of mortality due to the COVID-19 pandemic in China.

The official statement on the number of cremations was later removed from the internet, but it was captured by Caixin, a Chinese financial media outlet. The statement said that there were 171,000 cremations registered in Zhejiang in the first quarter, well above the 99,000 in the same period in 2022.

The increase in cremations is likely due to a number of factors, including the recent COVID-19 outbreak in China, the government’s decision to relax coronavirus restrictions in December, and the country’s traditional preference for cremation.

Zhejiang is one of China’s most populous provinces, with a population of over 60 million people. It is also one of the country’s wealthiest provinces, and it has one of the highest elderly populations.

The COVID-19 outbreak in Zhejiang began in December 2022, and it quickly spread throughout the province. The government imposed a lockdown on the province in January 2023, and it has been gradually lifting the lockdown in recent weeks.

The government’s decision to relax coronavirus restrictions in December is likely to have contributed to the increase in cremations. The relaxation of restrictions led to an increase in social and economic activity, which may have led to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

Finally, China has a traditional preference for cremation. Cremation is seen as a more hygienic and environmentally friendly way to dispose of the dead.

The increase in cremations in Zhejiang is a sobering reminder of the toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on China. It is also a reminder of the government’s reluctance to release accurate information about the number of COVID-19 deaths in the country.

Chinese province saw cremations jump during Covid surge

 

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