July 27, 2020 / 1:23 AM / 17 days ago

China reports 61 new COVID-19 cases for Sunday, highest daily domestic infections since March 6

FILE PHOTO: People line up at a testing site where medical workers in protective suits collect swabs for nucleic acid tests, after new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were confirmed in Dalian, Liaoning province, China July 24, 2020. China Daily via REUTERS

BEIJING (Reuters) - China reported 61 new coronavirus cases in the mainland for July 26, up from 46 cases a day earlier, the health commission said on Monday, with new infections not involving people returning from overseas hitting the highest number since early March.

Of the 61 new cases, some 57 were domestic transmissions, the health commission said, the most since March 6 when 75 new infections were reported.

Of the new domestic infections, the number in the far western region of Xinjiang nearly doubled from a day earlier to 41.

The northeastern province of Liaoning reported 14 cases, marking a fifth straight day of new infections.

Meanwhile the northeastern province of Jilin reported two new cases, its first since late May, involving people travelling from neighbouring Liaoning.

China reported 44 new asymptomatic patients, down from 68 a day earlier.

As of Sunday, mainland China had 83,891 confirmed coronavirus cases, the health authority said. The COVID-19 death toll remained at 4,634.

Reporting by Huizhong Wu, Judy Hua and Ryan Woo; Editing by Himani Sarkar and Kenneth Maxwell

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