China sees rebound in new COVID-19 cases, including 17 in Beijing

FILE PHOTO: A medical worker in a protective suit collects swabs from construction workers for nucleic acid testing after a new outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, China, June 25, 2020. cnsphoto via REUTERS / File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) – Mainland China on Saturday reported the highest number of new coronavirus cases in four days, fueled by a resurgence of COVID-19 in the Chinese capital of Beijing.

The National Health Commission reported 21 new confirmed infections in mainland China on Friday, up from 13 the day before and the highest since Monday.

In Beijing, 17 new confirmed cases were reported, up from 11 the previous day and the most since June 20.

Since June 11, when Beijing reported its first case in the current outbreak, stemming from a sprawling wholesale food center in the southwest of the capital, 297 people in the city of more than 20 million have contracted the virus.

Mainland China reported on Friday four new cases called imported infections related to travelers arriving from abroad. That compares to two cases a day earlier.

That brought the cumulative number of confirmed cases in mainland China to 83,483.

Mainland China reported 12 new asymptomatic patients, who tested positive for COVID-19 but showed no clinical symptoms such as fever, compared to five the previous day.

The national health authority does not include asymptomatic patients in its count of confirmed cases.

The death toll was 4,634, unchanged from mid-May.

Reports by Ryan Woo and Eve Wu; Editing by William Mallard

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