China reports 16 new coronavirus cases vs two a day earlier

People wearing face masks are seen on a bus following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Shanghai, China May 31, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song

BEIJING (Reuters) – China reported 16 new coronavirus cases for May 31, the highest since May 11 and up from 2 cases reported a day earlier, the country’s health commission reported.

The National Health Commission said in a statement that all of the new cases were so-called imported infections involving travellers from overseas.

The mainland also reported 16 new asymptomatic cases – those who are infected but do not show symptoms – compared with 3 a day earlier.

The total number of confirmed cases now stands at 83,017, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.

Reporting by Se Young Lee and Huizhong Wu; Editing by Kim Coghill

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