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China reports 15 new COVID-19 cases vs. 8 a day earlier

FILE PHOTO: People walk in a shopping district following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, China, November 13, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Mainland China reported 15 new COVID-19 cases on Nov. 16, up from eight cases a day earlier, the country’s national health authority said on Tuesday.

The National Health Commission said in a statement all new cases were imported infections originating from overseas. The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not count as confirmed COVID-19 cases, fell to 12 from 14 a day earlier.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China now stands at 86,361, while the death toll remains unchanged at 4,634.

Reporting by Jing Wang and Engen Tham; Writing by Se Young Lee; Editing by Tom Hogue