China reports first Covid-19 death since May, amid surge in new confirmed cases

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 (The Star/ANN) - China on Thursday morning reported its first Covid-19 death in about eight months since May 17, according to a report by Global Times.

The death occurred in North China's Hebei Province, the state-controlled news portal added on Thursday.

The Covid-19 situation in China has become more serious in recent days, and its social media is reporting that greater efforts than just lockdown will be deployed to contain the spread of the virus.

Global Times said that the mainland reported 138 new confirmed and 78 asymptomatic cases on Thursday.

Of all the confirmed cases, 81 come from Hebei, including 75 in its capital city Shijiazhuang. The province has 16 active severe cases in hospital.

Chinese authorities said most of the patients from this round of infections are middle-aged and elderly people.

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