China reports 23 new COVID-19 cases vs. 17 a day earlier

Yew Lun Tian and Liangping Gao
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Medical worker in protective suit drives an ambulance in Taiping village of Chengdu

By Yew Lun Tian and Liangping Gao

BEIJING (Reuters) - Mainland China recorded 23 new COVID-19 cases on Dec. 19, up from 17 a day earlier, the country's health authority said on Sunday.

The National Health Commission said in its daily bulletin that 22 of the new cases were imported. A single local transmission was in the northeastern province of Liaoning.

Another 10 asymptomatic cases were also reported on Dec. 19, down from 16 the previous day. China does not include asymptomatic patients in its total confirmed case list.

Mainland China has now reported an accumulated total of 86,829 coronavirus cases, with 4,634 deaths.

(Reporting by Yew Lun Tian and Liangping Gao; Editing by Daniel Wallis)