China had largely introduced the virus below management after strict lockdowns, mass testing and journey restrictions, however current weeks have seen numbers climbing once more, particularly within the north.
One other 138 infections had been reported by the Nationwide Well being Fee on Thursday — the best single-day tally since March final yr.
No particulars got in regards to the newest demise by well being authorities, besides that it occurred in Hebei province, the place the federal government has positioned a number of cities below lockdown.
Authorities final week launched a mass testing drive and closed transport hyperlinks, colleges and retailers within the Hebei’s capital metropolis Shijiazhuang — epicentre of the most recent outbreak.
Neighbouring Xingtai, dwelling to seven million individuals, has additionally been locked down since final Friday, as have the 5 million individuals of Langfang metropolis.
One other province, northeastern Heilongjiang, declared an “emergency state” on Wednesday, telling its 37.5 million residents to not go away the province until completely vital.
The demise comes as China readies for the arrival of an knowledgeable staff of scientists from the World Health Organization, who will begin a politically delicate investigation into the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 10-strong staff is anticipated to reach in Wuhan on Thursday.
No deaths have been reported in mainland China since Might final yr.
China’s official demise toll now stands at 4,635.