July 13, 2020 / 1:00 AM / 24 days ago

China reports eight new mainland coronavirus cases as of July 12

People wearing face masks wait at a bus stop during morning rush hour, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Beijing, China July 13, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

BEIJING (Reuters) - Mainland China reported eight new COVID-19 cases as of the end of July 12, up from seven reported a day earlier, the Chinese national health authority said on Monday.

The National Health Commission said in a statement that all of the new cases were imported infection involving travellers from overseas, the same as the seven cases a day earlier. The capital city of Beijing reported no new confirmed cases for the seventh consecutive day.

The Commission also reported six new asymptomatic patients, those who are infected with the coronavirus but have no symptoms, compared with five a day earlier. China does not consider such patients as confirmed cases.

Total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases for mainland China now stands at 83,602, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.

Reporting by Colin Qian and Ryan Woo; writing by Se Young Lee; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

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