China reports 14 new cases of coronavirus, toll reaches 82,877

BEIJING: China has reported 14 new cases of COVID-19, including 12 asymptomatic cases, bringing the number of infections in the country to 82,877, while more than 4,630 people have succumbed to the deadly virus, health officials said Sunday.

China (NHC) said the two new confirmed cases were reported on Saturday, which included one imported and one transmitted locally.

The death toll stood at 4,633 as no deaths were reported Saturday, while the total number of cases rose to 82,877 with 531 still under treatment, he said.

China has reported a total of 1,672 imported cases so far, of which 451 Chinese who come from abroad are still being treated with six in severe conditions, the CNH said.

Also on Saturday, 12 new asymptomatic cases were reported in China. So far, 968 asymptomatic cases, including 98 from abroad, are still under medical observation, he said.

The central Hubei province, which was cleared of confirmed cases of COVID-19 on April 26, reported 651 asymptomatic infections as of Saturday.

Asymptomatic cases refer to people who had a positive COVID-19 result but who did not develop symptoms such as fever, cough, or sore throat. However, they do present a risk of spreading the disease to others.

The new coronavirus that originated in the Chinese city of December last year claimed 243,829 lives and has infected more than 3.4 million people, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.