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China new local COVID-19 cases fall as Xinjiang cluster recedes

China new local COVID-19 cases fall as Xinjiang cluster recedes

A woman wearing a mask is seen on a hot summer day, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in Shanghai, China Aug 14, 2020. (Photo: REUTERS/Aly Song)

BEIJING: China's new locally transmitted cases of COVID-19 fell to a one-month low as a cluster in the western region of Xinjiang receded, data released by the country's health authority showed on Sunday (Aug 16).

The number of locally transmitted cases in China dropped to four on Aug 15, all of which were in Xinjiang, the National Health Commission said in a statement. That compares with eight cases nationwide a day earlier and is the lowest since Jul 16.

No new locally transmitted cases were recorded on Aug 15 in the city of Shenzhen in southern Guangdong province after provincial authorities there reported fresh infections a day earlier.

A woman who worked for Alibaba-owned supermarket chain Freshippo in Shenzhen had returned to her hometown of Lufeng and tested positive for the virus on Aug 14. Both cities are in Guangdong.

On the same day, Lufeng also reported three asymptomatic cases while Shenzhen reported two asymptomatic carriers.

Asymptomatic cases test positive for the virus, but China does not classify them as confirmed cases until they show clinical symptoms of infection, such as a fever or a cough.

The Guangdong government has begun testing at 36 Freshippo stores across Guangdong and 12 related warehouses and processing firms, state-run news agency Xinhua reported on Sunday. Freshippo on Saturday said it would test all employees in Shenzhen.

In mainland China, the total number of new confirmed infections stood at 19 on Aug 15, including so-called imported cases involving travellers arriving from abroad. That compares with 22 a day earlier.

As of Aug 15, mainland China had 84,827 confirmed coronavirus cases, with the death toll unchanged at 4,634.

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Source: Reuters/hs

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