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

A man wearing a face mask sits on a bus amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Shanghai, China August 27, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China reported nine new COVID-19 cases in the mainland on Aug. 27, compared with eight a day earlier, the country’s health authority said on Friday.

The National Health Commission said in a statement that all new infections were imported cases involving travellers from overseas, marking the 12th consecutive day of no local transmissions.

The total number of confirmed cases now stands at 85,013, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.

China also reported 16 new asymptomatic cases, down from 19 a day earlier. China, however, does not count these symptomless patients as confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Reporting by Jing Wang and Andrew Galbraith; Writing by Se Young Lee; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman