China reports 36 new coronavirus cases

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BEIJING: China has reported 36 new coronavirus cases, including 29 asymptomatic infections, mostly in the contagion’s first epicenter Wuhan where 6.5 million people have been tested so far, health officials said on Monday.

The country’s National Health Commission (NHC) said that seven new imported cases were reported, including five within the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and one each in Shanghai and Fujian.

No deaths thanks to the Covid-19 were reported on Monday, it said, adding that 403 asymptomatic cases, including 28 from overseas, are currently under medical observation across the country.

Wuhan reported 26 new asymptomatic cases, the local health commission said, adding that 334 people with such symptoms are under medical observation.

More than 6.5 million macromolecule tests to screen the novel coronavirus infections are conducted between May 14 and 23 within the city of over 11.2 million people, consistent with the health authority.

Wuhan started a campaign on May 14 to expand macromolecule testing so as to raised know the number of asymptomatic cases or people that show no clear symptoms despite carrying the virus, state-run Xinhua press agency reported.

As of Monday, a total of 82,992 confirmed Covid-19 cases have been reported on the mainland with 4,634 fatalities, the NHC added.

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