Elderly Covid Patient Was Out in a Body Bag, Loaded for Cremation. She Was Alive.

A patient who was in a body bag being loaded for cremation, which meant she was already dead, according to the medical staff. However when they pulled her out of the machine and started CPR, her heart began beating on its own again. This is probably one of the most amazing stories that has ever been told!

A Shanghai nursing facility placed a Covid-19-infected elderly patient in a yellow corpse bag and loaded her onto a cremation van, only to discover she was still alive moments as the truck drove away.

The Shanghai administration acknowledged Monday that the event, which was seen on camera from at least two viewpoints and shared in recordings that went viral throughout China, occurred on Sunday. According to an official statement, the authorities sacked many officials and revoked the license of one of the doctors implicated.

In China, the episode has touched a raw nerve. Particularly in Shanghai, where many people are questioning if they can trust an aged care system in which many unvaccinated individuals died during the latest outbreak.

Shanghai’s elderly have been hit worse than the rest of the city, accounting for almost all Covid-related deaths in China’s financial capital. The majority of individuals who died had not been immunized. The city reported 20 more Covid fatalities on Tuesday, increasing the total to 474.

There have also been questions over whether the data tells the complete picture. Several of the city’s 800 aged care homes were infected, resulting in several fatalities.

At Donghai Senior Care Hospital, at least 40 elderly citizens died after hundreds of patients and health personnel were ill. Those deaths at Shanghai’s largest aged care facility happened over two weeks before Shanghai began reporting Covid-positive patient deaths in its daily viral toll, and it’s unclear if they’ve been factored back in.

Despite the fact that the number of new locally transmitted diseases in Shanghai has declined by three-quarters since mid-April, millions of inhabitants are still unable to leave their housing complexes, and there is no indication of when life will return to normal.


On Monday, a Shanghai resident took the Covid-19 exam.

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On Tuesday, Shanghai reported approximately 5,500 new Covid-19 infections, accounting for more than 95 percent of the countrywide total and about ten times the latest daily instances in Beijing.

Since April 22, authorities in China’s capital have discovered 453 cases, according to Pang Xinghuo, deputy head of the city’s disease control center, who spoke at a news conference Tuesday. She claimed one individual was responsible for over 40 illnesses after using public restrooms three times. The resumption date for schools and kindergartens has been pushed out to at least May 11 by the city.

To avoid the chaos of a Shanghai-style lockdown, officials in China’s capital have moved quickly to restrict movement in the city and close public venues, including the Universal Studios theme park—all while meeting exhortations from China’s top leaders and state-run media to strictly adhere to the zero-Covid policy.

Vice Premier Sun Chunlan, who returned to Shanghai on Sunday after a one-month stay, warned local authorities that the city was at a critical juncture in its battle against the virus and that the goal of zero Covid must be maintained. According to Xinhua News Agency, Shanghai must “quarantine anyone who must be quarantined” to avoid a reappearance of the illness.


In Shanghai, a guy stands behind a wire fence that was just built to keep people from reaching a quarantined area.

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On Sunday, Social Media footage surfaced showing a black vehicle from one of Shanghai’s leading crematoriums parked outside the New Long March Social Welfare House’s entrance.

The sound of birds chirping may be heard in the background. Inside a yellow wrap, what seems to be a corpse rests on the van’s floor, the same color as the body bags most usually seen in Shanghai. Two workers in blue safety gear from the crematorium make short touch with the yellow form.

“Alive!” exclaims one.

In Shanghai dialect, his coworker wonders, “How come there’s a death certificate?”

One of them asks individuals inside the welfare home whether they’re sure the patient is dead in Mandarin.

One of them adds, “The individual is still moving.”

A white-uniformed member of staff then exits the building and walks over to the vehicle to double-check before wheeling the lady back inside on a wheeled bed, still in the yellow bag.

Another person close sprays sanitizer into the air, as someone in the background declares it’s a positive case.

As residents scurry to stock up on food, Beijing is putting more than 20 million people to the test. Jonathan Cheng of the Wall Street Journal shows what life is like in the capital and discusses the potential consequences if authorities are unable to contain the fast-spreading illness. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images/Kevin Frayer/Getty Images/Kevin Frayer/G (From the 26th of April, 2012)

The authorities of Putuo District, where New Long March operates, said on Monday that it had launched an inquiry as soon as the videos became viral online. The individual in the video was taken to a hospital, where their vital signs remained stable, according to a statement on the district’s official WeChat account. Three additional officials, including the head of the welfare home, were sacked, while another district official was put under investigation.

New Long March did not return calls.

Officials in Beijing imposed stricter limits on travel into and out of the city on Tuesday. Beginning Thursday, persons travelling to and from the city must have tested negative in the previous 48 hours for the first journey and during the previous week for successive trips. No one will be permitted in or out of the city unless they have acceptable health paperwork.

The anti-epidemic strategy known as “dynamic zero-Covid” was defended by state media.

Dynamic zero was the “winning talisman” in China’s attempts to restrict Covid, according to Li Bin, deputy head of the National Health Commission.

He answered, “The route is right, and the consequences are nice.”

Wenxin Fan and Chun Han Wong may be reached at [email protected] and [email protected], respectively.

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