China reports first death from COVID-19 in eight months


China has reported its first death from COVID-19 in eight months as the country battles to contain a resurgence in cases – the most in 10 months.

More than 20 million people are under lockdown in the north of the country and one province has declared an emergency, as daily coronavirus numbers climb.

China had largely brought the virus outbreak under control through a series of strict lockdowns and mass testing.

But a further 138 infections were reported by the National Health Commission today– the most in a single day since March last year.

Health authorities have no details about the latest death, except that it occurred in Hebei, the province surrounding Beijing where the government has imposed a lockdown on several cities.