BEIJING: China recorded 7 COVID-related deaths in its hospitals between February 17 and 23, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement on Saturday.
The death toll fell sharply from a daily peak of 4,273 on January 4 to zero on Thursday, the statement added.
It also said that all cases since December were caused by Omicron variants, with 60% from the BA.5.2.48 strain and almost 29% from BF.7.14.
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It also identified 22 local variant strains “of key concern”, including one case of XBB.1 and five cases of XBB.1.5.