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China's COVID death toll questioned after report of just 2 new victims

Disconnect seen between official figures and conditions on the ground

Workers in protective suits transfer a body in a casket at a funeral home amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Beijing on Dec. 17.    © Reuters

DALIAN, China/BEIJING -- China's low reported death toll from COVID-19 in recent days has faced skepticism among Chinese as hospitals see a surge of infections.

China's National Health Commission said Monday that two people died from COVID on the mainland the day before -- the first reported deaths since the two disclosed on Dec. 3.

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