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China sees 1st Covid-19 death in almost 6 months

As fresh restrictions are imposed in parts of China against the new outbreaks of the Covid-19 virus, the country has reported its first death in nearly half a year. China saw the death of an 87-year-old man from Beijing, bringing the death count to 5,227. His death was first reported by the National Health Commission.

This is the first death China has reported since May 26. The previous death before this was reported in Shanghai. The National Health Commission hasn’t yet revealed the vaccination status of the deceased man.

While China has an overall vaccination rate of more than 92 per cent having received at least one dose, that number is considerably lower among the elderly — particularly those over age 80 — where it falls to just 65 per cent. The less vaccinations among the elderly is why China has mostly kept its borders closed and has stuck with its zero-Covid policy, that has impacted normal lives, provoking anger among the public. China says its tough approach has paid off in much lower numbers of cases and deaths than in other countries, such as the United States.

With this approach, China has been able to contain the spread of the virus. Having a population of 1.4 billion, China has officially registered just 286, 197 infections since the virus was detected in Wuhan in late 2019. That compares to 98.3 million cases and 1 million deaths for the U.S., with its population of 331.9 million, since the virus first appeared there in 2020.

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