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COVID-19: China announces its first death in eight months

BEIJING | China recorded the first death from COVID-19 in its territory in eight months, health authorities said Thursday in a country battling resurgences of the epidemic it had largely controlled.

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The death occurred in Hebei province, the National Health Commission said, without giving further information. It is in this province that several cities have recently been subjected to containment after the appearance of contaminations.

The last death linked to the pandemic in mainland China was in May 2020. According to the official toll, now 4,635 people in the country have succumbed to COVID-19.

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This new death recorded in China comes as a team from the World Health Organization (WHO) is expected in the country on Thursday to investigate the origin of the pandemic, once their preventive quarantine has expired.

The team of ten is due to arrive in Wuhan, where the virus was first reported in late 2019, before spreading around the world.

On Thursday, Chinese health authorities also reported 138 new infections. This is the highest daily toll since last March.

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