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Mainland China reports 11 new COVID-19 cases vs 20 a day earlier

FILE PHOTO: People queue up to take a test for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Qingdao, Shandong, China October 13, 2020, in this still image obtained from a social media video. Courtesy of Hun Xueming/Social Media via REUTERS

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Mainland China reported 11 new COVID-19 cases on Oct. 14, down from 20 a day earlier, the country’s health authority said on Thursday.

The National Health Commission said 10 of the cases were imported infections originating from overseas, compared with 14 a day earlier. One new local infection was reported in Qingdao, where the city government is seeking to test every person this week due to recent cases linked to a hospital treating imported infections.

The commission also reported 23 new asymptomatic cases, up from 18 a day earlier.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China now stands at 85,622, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.

Reporting by Jing Wang and Josh Horwitz; writing by Se Young Lee; editing by Richard Pullin