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A medical worker in protective suit collects a swab from a bedridden elderly at a house during the second round of citywide nucleic acid testing following the recent coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China January 13, 2021. Image Credit: Reuters

Beijing: China reported a death from COVID-19 on Thursday — its first in eight months — as the country battles to contain a resurgence in cases and prepares for the arrival of an expert team from the WHO.

No details were given about the latest death by the National Health Commission, except that it occurred in Hebei province where the government has placed several cities under lockdown. The last reported death in mainland China was in May 2020.