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China reports Covid’s first death in more than six months when WHO investigators arrive



A health worker collects a swab sample from a child at the Covid-19 community test site in the Qiaoxi district of Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei Province in northern China, on January 12, 2021. Shijiazhuang launched the second round of nucleic acid tests for all residents.

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BEIJING ̵

1; Mainland China on Thursday announced the first new death of Covid-19 since May, when authorities are trying to control the jump in cases just outside Beijing.

A woman in Hebei Province died on Wednesday afternoon, state media reported, noting that her illness was a serious case and she had pre-existing health conditions.

The province has been bypassing Beijing and began reporting a rapid increase in coronavirus cases earlier this month. In less than two weeks, authorities locked Shijiazhuang and other parts of Hebei Province in an attempt to prevent the disease from spreading.

Hebei reported 81 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, with the number of current cases reaching 463. Heilongjiang’s northernmost province reported 43 new confirmed cases on Wednesday.

The National Health Commission recorded the death Wednesday in its daily report on the local coronavirus situation, the first addition to the common tolls since May 2020.

This led to the death of coronavirus from mainland China to 4365 people. The first reported death from Covid-19 was on January 11, 2020 in Wuhan, where the disease first appeared in late 2019.

A team from the World Health Organization arrived in Wuhan on Thursday to investigate the origin of the virus along with Chinese scientists, state media reported.

The Chinese government has opposed the consequences of Covid-19 coming from China. After the outbreak in the country at the beginning of last year, the authorities attributed subsequent cases to foreign sources.


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