August 1, 2020 / 2:15 AM / 14 days ago

Mainland China reports 45 new coronavirus cases for July 31

FILE PHOTO: People wear protective masks as they walk in a shopping street following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID 19) in a historic part of Beijing, China, July 30, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File photo

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China reported 45 cases of the new coronavirus in the mainland for July 31, down sharply from 127 cases a day earlier, the health commission said on Saturday.

Of the new infections, 31 were in the far western region of Xinjiang, according to a statement by the National HealthCommission. Eight were in the northeastern province of Liaoning, and the remaining six were imported cases.

China reported 23 new asymptomatic cases, up from 11 a day earlier.

As of the end of Friday, mainland China had 84,337 confirmed coronavirus cases, the health authority said. The COVID-19 death toll remained at 4,634.

Reporting by Andrew Galbraith and Wang Jing; Editing by William Mallard

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