UPDATE 1-Foxconn persists with COVID restrictions at Zhengzhou plant as district lifts lockdown

China reports 20,199 new COVID cases for November 15 from 17,909 a day earlier

SHANGHAI, Nov 16 (Reuters) – China reported 20,199 new COVID-19 infections as of November 15, including 1,623 symptomatic and 18,576 asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said on Wednesday.

That compared to 17,909 new cases a day earlier – 1,661 symptomatic and 16,248 asymptomatic, which China counts separately.

Excluding imported infections, China reported 20,059 new local cases of which 1,568 were symptomatic and 18,491 were asymptomatic, down from 17,772 the previous day.

There were no new deaths, unchanged from the previous day, keeping the death toll at 5,226.

As of Tuesday, mainland China had confirmed 277,043 cases with symptoms.

China’s capital, Beijing, reported 197 symptomatic and 174 asymptomatic cases, compared with 303 symptomatic and 159 asymptomatic the previous day, according to local government data.

Guangzhou, a southern city of nearly 19 million, reported 158 new symptomatic and 6,138 asymptomatic locally transmitted cases, compared with 147 symptomatic and 4,977 asymptomatic cases the previous day, local authorities said.

Zhengzhou’s main manufacturing center reported 200 new locally transmitted symptomatic COVID-19 infections and 1,650 asymptomatic cases, compared with 148 symptomatic cases and 2,102 asymptomatic cases the previous day, according to local authorities.

Chongqing city reported 126 new locally transmitted symptomatic COVID-19 infections and 2,688 asymptomatic cases, compared with 157 symptomatic cases and 2,794 asymptomatic cases the previous day, local government authorities said. (Reporting by Wang Jing and Liz Lee; Editing by Christopher Cushing)

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