Elderly woman dies from coronavirus in Jilin, infections rise to 280

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

In China's Jilin province, neighboring Heilongjiang, one death from the new coronavirus disease was reported, which is the first from the recent outbreak, according to the provincial health commission.

Seven more locals are confirmed as infected with the coronavirus on Monday, driving the caseload to 280, the state media China Daily reports.

"The 87-year-old woman, who tested positive on January14, had some underlying chronic diseases, including heart disease and high blood pressure," Wang Yongjie, a member of the provincial medical team treating patients in Tonghua, said on Tuesday. "Despite all efforts from the national and provincial experts, she passed away on Monday due to respiratory failure."

Tonghua has been heavily affected by an outbreak that had 202 confirmed infections and 58 non symptomatic carriers as of Monday. Among those, 32 are in serious condition.

"A high proportion of the patients are seniors with some chronic diseases, which may lead to an increase of patients in serious condition," Wang said.

Sun Xiaoting, head of the city's commerce bureau, said: "As of Monday night, a total of 113,024 packages of vegetables had been delivered to residents in home quarantine, which could basically meet their daily needs. More online platforms have been opened for residents' diverse needs."

A 52-year-old man in Tonghua's Dongchang district said people had not been allowed to leave the residential community where he lives since Jan 17.

"I first bought a five-kilogram package of vegetables for 100 yuan (US$15) and yesterday I received the care package from the government at a price of 40 yuan," he said. "With some previous food reserves, I didn't encounter many difficulties during the past days."