China reports first COVID-19 death in eight months

China on Thursday reported its first COVID-19 death in eight months.

The death late Wednesday during a surge in cases in Shijiazhuang City was the first reported by Beijing officials since May.

While the victim was not identified, she was already severely ill from an unspecified underlying illness, the state-run agency Xinhua News said.

The news sparked panic, with the hashtag “New virus death in Hebei” getting 270 million views on Chinese social media platform…

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