Update: Chinese mainland reports 11 new confirmed COVID-19 cases

A health worker takes a swab sample from a student for COVID-19 test at a stadium of Qingdao University in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, Oct. 13, 2020. (Xinhua/Li Ziheng)

BEIJING, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) – Chinese health authority said Thursday that it received reports of 11 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Wednesday, including one that was domestically transmitted and 10 imported.

The domestically-transmitted case was an asymptomatic case from Shandong Province that was re-categorized as confirmed, the National Health Commission said in its daily report.

Two new suspected COVID-19 cases from outside the mainland were reported in Shanghai, but no new deaths related to the disease were reported, the commission said.

Of the new imported cases, four were reported in Guangdong, three in Shanghai, two in Shaanxi, and one in Hebei, according to the commission.

On Wednesday, 12 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery on the Chinese mainland.

By the end of Wednesday, a total of 3,060 imported cases had been reported on the mainland. Of them, 2,833 had been discharged from hospitals after recovery, and 227 remained hospitalized. No deaths from the imported cases had been reported.

As of Wednesday, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on the mainland had reached 85,622, including 240 patients still being treated, with four in severe condition.

Altogether 80,748 patients had been discharged after recovery, and 4,634 had died of the disease on the mainland, the commission said.

There were seven suspected COVID-19 cases on the mainland, while 8,571 close contacts were still under medical observation after 865 were discharged Wednesday, according to the commission.  ■