Around the world, people ushered in the Lunar New Year, the most important annual holiday for Chinese people.
The official death toll update comes amid doubts over Beijing's data transparency and remains extremely low by global standards.
An estimated two billion people celebrate the Lunar New Year, which corresponds to the first new moon of the lunar calendar that occurs between late January to early February.
Celebrated predominantly in East Asia and its diasporas, the world welcomes the new lunar Year of the Tiger.
Thousands across the world have celebrated the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year by lighting incense sticks and praying at temples to wish for an auspicious start to the Year of the Dog.
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