Mainland China reports 21 new COVID cases vs 22 a day earlier

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A security guard directs people to scan a QR code to track their health status before entering a shopping complex, following the new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, China December 25, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang/File Photo

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SHANGHAI, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Mainland China reported 21 new COVID-19 cases on Dec. 27, down from 22 cases a day earlier, the country's national health authority said on Monday.

The National Health Commission, in a statement, said 15 of the new cases were imported infections originating from overseas.

Six local transmission were all in Liaoning province.

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The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, rose to 20 from 15 cases a day earlier.

Separately, Beijing has tightened COVID-19 curbs over concerns that China's mass travel during the holiday period could cause a spike in cases in the capital, as it had reported locally transmitted cases for a fourth straight day on Sunday. read more

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Mainland China now stands at 86,976, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.

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Reporting by Winni Zhou, Jing Wang and Andrew Galbraith; Editing by Michael Perry

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