China reports 17 new COVID-19 cases

China reports 17 new COVID-19 cases

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Staff members spray disinfectant as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus at Sukhbaatar square in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia on Mar 17, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Byambasuren BYAMBA-OCHIR)

BEIJING: Mainland China reported 17 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday (Nov 21), up from 16 the previous day, with three cases of local transmission and nine cases originating overseas, the National Health Commission said on Sunday.

The commission said in its daily bulletin that two of the local transmissions took place in Inner Mongolia and one in Shanghai.

Inner Mongolia’s health authority said on Saturday it had confirmed two new coronavirus cases in Hulunbuir city on the Chinese border with Russia.

According to a report from the official Xinhua news agency, the positive case in the city was found after mass testing following infections of a security inspector at Pudong International Airport and his wife.

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Mainland China reported another 11 asymptomatic cases on Nov. 21, down from 18 on the previous day.

It has so far reported an accumulated total of 86,431 COVID-19 cases, with the official death toll at 4,634.

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Source: Reuters