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Mainland China reports eight new COVID-19 cases vs 10 a day earlier

A woman wearing a protective mask walks down from the bridge, in Shanghai

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Mainland China reported eight new COVID-19 cases as of Sept 1, down from 10 a day earlier, China’s national health authority said on Wednesday.

The National Health Commission said in a statement all of the new COVID-19 cases were imported infections involving travellers from overseas, marking the 17th consecutive day with no local infections.

The number of new asymptomatic cases fell to 19 from 34 a day earlier. China does not count symptomless infections as confirmed cases.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China now stands at 85,066, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.

(Reporting by Jing Wang and Josh Horwitz; Writing by Se Young Lee; Editing by Tom Hogue)

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