June 21, 2020 / 2:57 AM / 16 days ago

Mainland China reports 26 new COVID-19 cases including 22 in Beijing

People wearing face mask are seen near tents for registration and temperature checks at an entrance to a residential compound, following a new outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Beijing, China June 21, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

BEIJING (Reuters) - Mainland China reported on Sunday 26 new confirmed coronavirus cases for June 20, down from 27 a day earlier, driven largely by the latest outbreak of COVID-19 in the Chinese capital.

Of the new infections, 22 were in Beijing, the National Health Commission said in a statement, the same as a day earlier.

The city of more than 20 million people reported its first case in the latest wave on June 11. The resurgence has been linked to a wholesale food center in the southwest of Beijing. So far, 227 people in the city have been infected in the latest outbreak.

Mainland China reported six new asymptomatic cases, those who are infected with the coronavirus but show no symptoms, down from seven a day earlier. Beijing accounted for three of the new cases.

China does not count asymptomatic patients as confirmed cases and as part of the official infection tally.

To date, China has 83,378 confirmed cases. The first infections were traced to Huanan seafood market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December.

No new deaths were reported in mainland China for June 20.

Reporting by Ryan Woo and Liangping Gao; Editing by Stephen Coates

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