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China reports highest daily count of 124 new COVID-19 cases

China reports highest daily count of 124 new COVID-19 cases

Medical worker collects swab from a resident during a COVID-19 mass testing at a makeshift testing site in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China on May 30, 2021. (Photo: Reuters/cnsphoto)

BEIJING: China reported its highest daily count of 124 new COVID-19 cases on Friday (Aug 6), fuelled by a surge in locally transmitted infections.

This is up from 85 a day earlier, according to the National Health Commission.

Of the new confirmed infections, 80 were locally transmitted, the health authority said, up from 62 local cases a day earlier.

The local cases were driven by a surge in infections in eastern Jiangsu province, which reported 61 new cases on Thursday, up from 40 a day earlier. The new infections were mainly in the city of Yangzhou.

China reported 58 new asymptomatic coronavirus cases, which it does not classify as confirmed infections, compared with 54 a day earlier.

No new deaths were reported.

The total accumulated number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in China now stands at 93,498. The cumulative death toll remains at 4,636.

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Source: Reuters/ng

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