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China reports 19 new mainland COVID-19 cases vs 13 a day earlier

FILE PHOTO: People wearing face masks walk on a street market, following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Wuhan, Hubei province, China February 8, 2021. REUTERS/Aly Song

(Reuters) - China reported 19 new COVID-19 cases on March 7, up from 13 a day earlier, the country’s national health authority said on Monday.

The National Health Commission said in a statement that all of the new cases were imported infections. The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, rose to 17 from 11 cases a day earlier.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China now stand at 89,994. The death toll remains unchanged at 4,636.

Reporting by Se Young Lee in Washington; Editing by Tom Hogue

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