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China reports 22 new coronavirus cases on August 20; fifth day of zero local cases

Worker scans a WeChat Pay QR code to buy takeaway meal for lunch near a construction site following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Beijing

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China reported 22 new coronavirus cases in the mainland for Aug. 20, compared to seven a day earlier, the health commission said on Friday.

All 22 new infections were imported cases, according to a statement by the National Health Commission, marking the fifth straight day of zero new locally transmitted infections.

China reported 23 new asymptomatic patients, compared to 22 a day earlier.

As of Aug. 20, mainland China had 84,917 confirmed coronavirus cases, the health authority said. The COVID-19 death toll remained at 4,634.

(Reporting by Brenda Goh and Wang Jing; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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