A medical worker collects a swab from a resident during a mass testing for COVID at a makeshift testing site at a stadium in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China. PHOTO: Reuters

China sees highest daily coronavirus cases in current outbreak

124 new confirmed coronavirus cases in mainland for Aug 5

Reuters August 06, 2021

China reported on Friday its highest daily count for new coronavirus cases in its current outbreak, fuelled by a surge in locally transmitted infections.

China reported 124 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the mainland for August 5, according to the National Health Commission. That's up from 85 a day earlier.

Of the new confirmed infections, 80 were locally transmitted, the health authority said, up from 62 local cases a day earlier.

The local cases were driven by a surge in infections in eastern Jiangsu province, which reported 61 new cases for August 5, up from 40 a day earlier. The new infections were mainly in the city of Yangzhou.

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Overall, China reported 58 new asymptomatic coronavirus cases, which it does not classify as confirmed infections, compared with 54 a day earlier.

No new deaths were reported.

As of August 5, mainland China has recorded 93,498 confirmed cases. The cumulative death toll is unchanged at 4,636.


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