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China reports 12 coronavirus cases, seventh day without local transmission

FILE PHOTO: People wait at a bus stop in the Central Business District (CBD) following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Sanlitun in Beijing, China August 20, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

BEIJING (Reuters) - China reported 12 cases of the new coronavirus in the mainland for Aug. 22, down from 22 cases a day earlier, the health commission said on Sunday.

All 12 new infections were imported cases, according to a statement by the National Health Commission, marking the seventh straight day with no new locally transmitted infections.

China reported 15 new asymptomatic patients, down from 34 a day earlier.

As of Saturday, mainland China had 84,951 confirmed coronavirus cases, the health authority said. The COVID-19 death toll remained at 4,634.

Reporting by Yilei Sun, Yan Shen and Ryan Woo; Editing by William Mallard

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