China reports 22 new COVID-19 cases vs 19 a day earlier

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People wearing face masks walk on a street on a cold winter day, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Beijing

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Mainland China reported 22 new COVID-19 cases on Jan. 1, compared to 19 a day earlier, the country's health authority said on Saturday.

Of the new cases, 14 originated from overseas, the National Health Commission said in its daily bulletin.

Of the eight local transmissions, seven were in the northeastern province of Liaoning, with the other in the capital Beijing.

China also recorded 21 asymptomatic COVID-19 cases, up from 19 a day earlier.

China has recorded a total of 87,093 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and 4,634 deaths.

(Reporting by David Stanway)