China reports 12 new COVID-19 cases vs 8 a day earlier

FILE PHOTO: People wearing masks following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak walk across a street, in Beijing, China November 12, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) - Mainland China reported 12 new COVID-19 cases on Nov. 18, up from eight cases a day earlier, the country’s health authority said on Thursday.

The National Health Commission said in a statement that all new cases were imported infections originating from overseas. The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not count as confirmed COVID-19 cases, also rose to 10 from five a day earlier.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in China’s mainland now stands at 86,381, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.

Reporting by Liangping Gao, Colin Qian and Ryan Woo; Writing by Se Young Lee; Editing by Jacqueline Wong