WHO visits Wuhan as China Announced First Covid Death After More Than Six Months

A team of World Health Organization scientists arrived in Wuhan on Thursday, to investigate the origins of the Coronovirus, as Mainland China reported their first case of Covid-19 related death in more than 6 months. The woman, who was from Hebei, a coastal province of China, was found to have pre-existing health conditions resulting to a severe case of the illness. Currently, Shijiazhuang and other parts of Hebei are already under strict lockdown after reports of a rapid increase of the virus. Mass testing and travel restrictions are still being observed.

CNBC: Hebei reported 81 new coronavirus cases for Wednesday, bringing the number of current cases to 463

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According to CNBC, a woman in Hebei province died Wednesday afternoon, state media reported, noting her illness was a severe case and she had pre-existing health conditions.

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

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

The Chinese government has pushed back against implications that Covid-19 came from China. After the height of the outbreak in the country early last year, authorities attributed subsequent cases to foreign sources.

Bangkok Post: China had largely brought the virus under control after strict lockdowns, mass testing and travel restrictions, but recent weeks have seen numbers climbing again

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A team of experts from the World Health Organization arrived in Wuhan on Thursday to start a highly politicised probe into the origins of the coronavirus, as China reported its first death from Covid-19 in eight months, Bangkok Post reports.

More than 20 million people are under lockdown in the north of China and one province has declared an emergency, as Covid-19 numbers climb after several months of the country reporting only a handful of daily cases.

Authorities last week launched a mass testing drive and closed transport links, schools and shops in Hebei’s capital city Shijiazhuang — the epicentre of the latest outbreak.