A medical employee collects a swab pattern from a baby at a group Covid-19 testing web site in Qiaoxi district of Shijiazhuang, capital of north China’s Hebei Province on Jan. 12, 2021. Shijiazhuang has began the second spherical of nucleic acid checks for all residents.
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BEIJING — Mainland China on Thursday reported the primary new Covid-19 demise since Could as authorities attempt to management a spike in instances simply outdoors of Beijing.
A girl in Hebei province died Wednesday afternoon, state media reported, noting her sickness was a extreme case and he or she had pre-existing well being circumstances.
The province surrounds Beijing and started to report a speedy enhance in coronavirus instances earlier this month. In lower than two weeks, authorities have locked down Shijiazhuang and different elements of Hebei province in an effort to maintain the illness from spreading.
Hebei reported 81 new coronavirus instances for Wednesday, bringing the variety of present instances to 463. The northernmost province of Heilongjiang reported 43 new confirmed instances for Wednesday.
The Nationwide Well being Fee recorded Wednesday’s demise in its each day report on the native coronavirus scenario, the primary addition to the general toll since Could 2020.
That introduced mainland China’s coronavirus whole deaths to 4,365 folks. The first reported death from Covid-19 was on Jan. 11, 2020 within the metropolis of Wuhan, the place the illness first emerged in late 2019.
A group from the World Well being Group arrived in Wuhan Thursday to analyze the origins of the virus alongside Chinese language scientists, in keeping with state media.
The Chinese language authorities has pushed again in opposition to implications that Covid-19 got here from China. After the peak of the outbreak within the nation early final yr, authorities attributed subsequent instances to overseas sources.