China reports 19 new COVID-19 cases vs. 12 a day earlier

FILE PHOTO: People wearing face masks are seen in a subway car, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Shanghai, China September 16, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Mainland China reported 19 new COVID-19 cases on Sept. 29, up from 12 a day earlier, the country’s national health authority said on Wednesday.

The National Health Commission said in a statement that all new cases were imported infections originating from overseas. The number of new asymptomatic infections fell to 22 from 26 a day earlier, though China does not classify these symptomless patients as confirmed cases.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the mainland now stands at 85,403, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.

Reporting by Jing Wang and Engen Tham; Writing by Se Young Lee; Editing by Jacqueline Wong