June 16, 2020 / 1:23 AM / a month ago

China reports 40 new coronavirus cases in mainland, 27 in Beijing

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Mainland China reported 40 new confirmed coronavirus cases for June 15, down from 49 a day earlier, the National health authority said on Tuesday.

Twenty seven of the new cases were in Beijing, down from 36 a day earlier. The city is facing a new outbreak of the virus that is believed to have originated in a local grocery market.

The NHC reported 8 new imported coronavirus cases in mainland China as of the end of June 15, down from 10 a day earlier. The commission also reported 6 new asymptomatic cases, down from 18 a day earlier.

The total number of coronavirus cases in mainland China now stands at 83,221, and the death toll remains unchanged at 4,634.

China does not count asymptomatic patients, who are infected with the virus but do not display symptoms, as confirmed cases.

(This story corrects day of week in first paragraph)

Reporting by Josh Horwitz; Editing by Shri Navaratnam

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