China reports 43 new coronavirus cases in mainland vs 49 a day earlier

FILE PHOTO: People wear protective masks when they walk on a shopping street after a coronavirus disease (COVID 19) outbreak in a historic part of Beijing, China, on July 30, 2020. REUTERS / Thomas Peter / File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) – China reported 43 new confirmed coronavirus cases on the mainland on August 2, compared to 49 the day before, the country's national health authority said on Monday.

The National Health Commission said that 36 of the new cases were local, including 28 in Xinjiang, while another seven imported infections from overseas travelers. This compared to 33 local infections and 16 imported cases reported the day before.

China also reported 11 new asymptomatic infections, compared to 20 the day before. China does not count asymptomatic patients as confirmed infections until they develop symptoms.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus infections is now 84,428, while the death toll remains unchanged at 4,634.

Reporting by Se Young Lee; Edited by Jacqueline Wong

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