Mainland China reports 16 new COVID-19 cases vs 17 a day earlier

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Mainland China reported 16 new COVID-19 cases on Nov. 20, down from 17 the previous day, with seven cases of local transmission and nine cases originating overseas, the country's health authority said on Saturday. The National Health Commission said in its daily bulletin that five of the local transmissions took place in Tianjin and two in Shanghai

Reuters November 21, 2020 07:10:25 IST
Mainland China reports 16 new COVID-19 cases vs 17 a day earlier

Mainland China reports 16 new COVID19 cases vs 17 a day earlier

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Mainland China reported 16 new COVID-19 cases on Nov. 20, down from 17 the previous day, with seven cases of local transmission and nine cases originating overseas, the country's health authority said on Saturday.

The National Health Commission said in its daily bulletin that five of the local transmissions took place in Tianjin and two in Shanghai.

Tianjin, which neighbours the capital Beijing, will launch a three-day universal screening programme covering nearly 3 million of its residents on Saturday.

Local officials said on Friday that one community in Tianjin had been placed in lockdown and around 1,900 people have been quarantined, according to the China Daily newspaper.

Mainland China also reported another 18 cases of asymptomatic cases on Nov. 20, up from 14 on the previous day.

It has so far reported an accumulated total of 86,414 COVID-19 cases, with the official death toll at 4,634.

(Reporting by David Stanway; Editing by William Mallard)

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