Chinese mainland reports no new locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases

A staff member of the customs marks on the nucleic acid test kit of newly arrived inbound passengers in Chongqing, southwest China, March 29, 2020. (Xinhua/Huang Wei)

BEIJING, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) — No new locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases were reported Thursday across the Chinese mainland, the National Health Commission said Friday.

A total of nine confirmed cases arriving from outside the mainland were reported Thursday, with four in Sichuan, three in Shanghai and one each in Fujian and Guangdong, the commission said in its daily report.

Two new suspected cases, also imported from outside the mainland, were reported in Shanghai.

No deaths related to the disease were reported Thursday, the commission said.

On Thursday, a total of 45 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery, the commission said.

By the end of Thursday, a total of 2,464 imported cases had been reported on the mainland. Of them, 2,271 had been discharged from hospitals after recovery, and 193 remained hospitalized, with four in severe condition. No deaths from the imported cases had been reported.

As of Thursday, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on the mainland had reached 85,013, including 288 patients who were still being treated, with four in severe condition.

Altogether 80,091 people had been discharged after recovery, and 4,634 had died of the disease on the mainland, the commission said.

There were still three suspected COVID-19 cases on the mainland, it added.

According to the commission, 10,040 close contacts were still under medical observation after 1,654 were discharged on Thursday.

Also on Thursday, 16 new asymptomatic cases, all from outside the mainland, were reported, and two asymptomatic cases were re-categorized as confirmed ones.

The commission said 358 asymptomatic cases, including 313 from outside the mainland, were still under medical observation.  ■