China reports 35 new COVID-19 cases on July 23 vs 48 a day earlier

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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

SHANGHAI, July 24 (Reuters) - China reported 35 new COVID-19 cases in the mainland on July 23, down from 48 cases a day earlier, the country's national health authority said on Saturday.

Local infections accounted for 13 of the new cases, up slightly from 12 a day earlier, the National Health Commission said in a statement. Almost all of the local cases were reported in the eastern province of Jiangsu, it added.

The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, fell to 20 from 35 cases a day earlier.

The total accumulated number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China now stands at 92,497, while the death toll remains unchanged at 4,636.

Reporting by Engen Tham; Editing by Himani Sarkar

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