China reports 23,276 new COVID cases for November 16 from 20,199 a day earlier

China reports 23,276 new COVID cases for November 16 from 20,199 a day earlier

SHANGHAI, Nov 17 (Reuters) – China reported 23,276 new COVID-19 infections on Nov 16, including 2,388 symptomatic and 20,888 asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said on Thursday.

That compared to 20,199 new cases a day earlier – 1,623 symptomatic infections and 18,576 asymptomatic infections, which China counts separately.

Excluding imported infections, China reported 23,132 new local cases, including 2,328 symptomatic and 20,804 asymptomatic, down from 20,059 the previous day.

There were no new deaths, like the day before, keeping the death toll at 5,226.

As of Wednesday, mainland China had confirmed 279,431 cases with symptoms.

The Chinese capital, Beijing, reported 172 symptomatic and 262 asymptomatic cases, compared with 197 symptomatic and 174 asymptomatic cases the day before, according to local government data.

Guangzhou, a southern city of nearly 19 million, reported 275 new symptomatic and 8,486 asymptomatic locally transmitted cases, compared with 158 symptomatic and 6,138 asymptomatic cases the day before, local authorities said.

Zhengzhou’s main manufacturing center reported 136 new locally transmitted symptomatic COVID-19 infections and 1,480 asymptomatic cases, compared with 200 symptomatic cases and 1,650 asymptomatic cases the previous day, according to local government data.

Chongqing reported 172 new locally transmitted symptomatic COVID-19 infections and 3,900 asymptomatic cases, compared with 126 symptomatic cases and 2,688 asymptomatic cases the previous day, local government authorities said.

Reporting by Wang Jing and Liz Lee; Editing by Jacqueline Wong

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