Are these numbers cumulative ? The pattern fits into 14K and 25K average per quarter for Wuhan and Beijing, respectively. The 1st quarter should be higher because of the cold weather (flu season) and majority of the residences in China, even in big cities, are not well heated.The data is more complicated. In both Wuhan and Beijing (which I use as a point of comparison) the first quarters always have the lowest number of cremations, like 1/4 to 1/3 of the fourth quarters. The second quarter will have double that, and third quarter about triple, then comes the fourth quarter with by far the highest number. I don't understand why because the first quarters are almost always the coldest and I expect more people to die in winter than in summer. It just cannot be the case that four times as many die in the last quarters than the first.
Here's the numbers of cremations in Wuhan and Beijing in 2019
Wuhan Beijing 1st Quarter 14700 27708 2nd Quarter 29625 51885 3rd Quarter 42151 75175 4th Quarter 56007 101181
I'm at a complete loss at why the number of cremations progress through the year like this. Can anyone explain? It will be much appreciated.
Just a somewhat related thought. By middle of next week when the number of fatalities in the US due to coronavirus exceeds that of China, every US news media will jump into this Wuhan cremation story with full intensity.