Mainland China reports 27 new coronavirus cases, including 22 in Beijing

A nurse in a personal protective equipment (PPE) gestures at the photographer outside a makeshift testing site, after a new outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, China June 19, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

BEIJING (Reuters) - Mainland China reported 27 new coronavirus cases as of the end of June 19, 22 of which were reported in the capital Beijing, China’s National Health Commission said on Saturday.

This compared with 32 confirmed cases a day earlier, 25 of which were in Beijing, where local authorities are working to contain a new outbreak at a food wholesale market.

Another seven asymptomatic COVID-19 patients, those who are infected with the coronavirus but show no symptoms, were also reported as of June 19 compared with five a day earlier. China does not count these patients as confirmed cases.

Reporting by Tom Daly and Xiao Han; Editing by Michael Perry