China reports the first death from Covid in more than six months when WHO investigators arrive

Medical workers collect swab samples from residents of a Covid-19 testing site in Qiaoxi Township in Shijiazhuang, capital of north China’s Hebei Province, on Jan. 7, 2021.

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BEIJING – Mainland China reported the first new death from Covid-19 since May on Thursday as authorities tried to control a surge in cases outside of Beijing.

A woman in Hebei Province died Wednesday afternoon, state media reported. Her illness was severe and she had pre-existing health problems.

The province surrounds Beijing and began a rapid surge in coronavirus cases earlier this month. In less than two weeks, the authorities Shijiazhuang locked and other parts of Hebei Province in an effort to prevent the disease from spreading.

Hebei reported 81 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing the number of current cases to 463. The northernmost province of Heilongjiang reported 43 new confirmed cases on Wednesday.

The National Health Commission recorded the death in its daily report on the local coronavirus situation on Wednesday. This is the first addition to the total toll since May 2020.

4,365 people died of corona viruses on mainland China. The first reported the death of Covid-19 was in Wuhan City on January 11, 2020, where the disease first appeared in late 2019.

A team from the World Health Organization arrived in Wuhan on Thursday to work with Chinese scientists to investigate the origins of the virus, according to state media.

The Chinese government has resisted the implications that Covid-19 came from China. After the peak of the outbreak in the country early last year, authorities traced later cases to foreign sources.

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