Hubei accounted for more than 67,000 of China's total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. The world is now struggling to defeat the deadly Coronavirus, which has infected more than 735,000 people and killed over 33,000 people globally. By that estimate, 42,000 urns would be given out in the 12-day period.
China is easing travel restrictions and allowing people to return to work in the city of Wuhan and the surrounding province of Hubei after two months of strict curbs on people's movements with no new cases of the coronavirus reported in the region where it emerged past year for seven days.
The reports include statements from a source close to the authorities in the province of Hubei, where Wuhan is located, which reveal that many people have died in their homes without ever being diagnosed as having coronavirus, meaning they never enter the official figures taking stock of the Covid-19 pandemic. In fact, a truck driver in Wuhan delivered approximately 5,000 urns to a single funeral home over two days last week, according to the Business Insider, which cited a Caixin magazine report.
"Haven't there been reports on the internet that some people have recovered and checked multiple times but they later died?"
"I'm so excited, I want to cry", said a woman on one of Wuhan's major shopping streets, the Chuhe Hanjie pedestrian mall, who would give only the English name Kat. But Wuhan locals say undertakers have been handing the ashes of victims to grieving families at a rate of 3,500 urns a day - 500 for each of seven funeral homes.
"Maybe the authorities are gradually releasing the real figures, intentionally or unintentionally, so that people will gradually come to accept the reality", a Wuhan resident, who gave only his surname Mao, told Radio Free Asia.
But with Italy, Spain and the United States now exceeding 100,000 cases each, and with death tolls higher than China's and still rising, experts fear the official data from Beijing might not tell the whole story.
Residents of Wuhan also expressed concern that lifting the lockdown could trigger new infections. The virus took off from China, spread globally, killed thousands and is now a reason for a lockdown impacting 3 billion people.
Restrictions spread to cities near Wuhan and eventually expanded to cover some 800 million people, more than half of China's population.
Reports of the funeral's crematoriums working nonstop also raised questions.
The US has reported 137,294 cases and more than 2,000 deaths.
As governments around the world tightened travel and other controls, the ruling Communist Party has lifted restrictions on Wuhan and other regions as it attempts to revive the world's second largest economy after declaring victory over Japan.