Mainland China reports first local Covid-19 cases in more than 3 weeks

SHANGHAI (Reuters): Mainland China reported seven new Covid-19 cases on Thursday (May 13), including its first local transmissions in more than three weeks, the country's national health authority said on Friday.

Two of the new cases were local infections in the eastern province of Anhui, the National Health Commission said in a statement.

The cases were the first local transmissions since April 20, when China recorded two local infections in the south-western province of Yunnan, where a city on the border with Myanmar reported a new cluster in late March.

Two areas in Luan city and one part of Feixi county were declared "medium-risk" regions by the local authorities in response to the cases. State media reported mass testing being carried out in the main urban area in Luan and some areas in Hefei.

The other five cases announced on Friday were imported infections originating overseas. The health commission had reported nine cases a day earlier, all imported.

The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, rose to 22 from 14 cases a day earlier.

The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in mainland China now stands at 90,815, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,636.

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