China reports 96 new COVID-19 cases vs 107 the day before

Residents line up for nucleic acid testing at a night market following a new case of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Haikou, Hainan province, China August 3, 2021. China Daily via REUTERS

BEIJING, Aug 8 (Reuters) - China reported 96 new cases of COVID-19 on the mainland for Aug. 7, down from 107 cases a day earlier, the country's health authority said on Sunday.

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Among the new confirmed infections, 81 were locally transmitted, up from 75 a day earlier, while 15 cases were imported from abroad, the National Health Commission (NHC) said.

The number of new asymptomatic infections fell to 30 from 32 a day earlier. China does not classify them as confirmed cases.

China has reported a total of 93,701 infections since the outbreak began.

Reporting by Hallie Gu, Jenny Su, and Ryan Woo; Editing by Sam Holmes

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