SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China reported 21,439 new COVID-19 infections on December 7, of which 4,079 were symptomatic and 17,360 asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said on Thursday.
That compares with 25,321 new cases the day before: 4,409 symptomatic and 20,912 asymptomatic infections, which China counts separately.
Excluding imported infections, China reported 21,165 new local cases, of which 4,031 were symptomatic and 17,134 asymptomatic, up from 25,115 the previous day.
There were no fatalities, down from zero the day before, keeping the fatalities at 5,235.
As of December 7, mainland China had confirmed 354,017 cases with symptoms.
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Cases have dropped as China makes substantial changes to its rigid zero-COVID policy.
The capital Beijing reported 1,168 symptomatic and 2,194 asymptomatic cases, compared with 1,170 symptomatic and 2,804 asymptomatic cases the previous day, local government data showed.
The Shanghai financial center reported 39 symptomatic cases and 327 asymptomatic cases, compared with 24 symptomatic cases and 454 asymptomatic cases the previous day, the local health authority reported.
Guangzhou, a southern city of nearly 19 million people, reported 911 new locally transmitted symptomatic cases and 1,640 asymptomatic cases, compared with 902 symptomatic and 2,090 asymptomatic cases the previous day, local authorities said.
Chongqing reported 155 new locally transmitted symptomatic COVID-19 infections and 3,006 asymptomatic cases, up from 184 symptomatic cases and 3,581 asymptomatic cases a day earlier, local government authorities said.
(Reporting from the Shanghai newsroom; Writing by Bernard Orr; Editing by Shri Navaratnam and Jacqueline Wong)
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