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Mainland reports 55 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases

A medical worker talks to a volunteer at a COVID-19 testing site in Jiangning district of Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu province, July 21, 2021. (JI CHUNPENG / XINHUA)

BEIJING/CHENGDU – The Chinese mainland on Tuesday reported 55 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, including 48 in Jiangsu province, three in Sichuan and two each in Liaoning and Yunnan, the National Health Commission said in its daily report on Wednesday.

For the new infections in Sichuan, all of the three cases were detected in Chengdu in a family that recently traveled to neighboring Hunan province and spent over a week there, according to the local authorities. 

Chengdu has launched an emergency response plan for epidemic control and prevention after three new locally transmitted cases were reported in the city

One of the patients, a seven-year-old boy, had fever after returning to Chengdu and went to see a doctor at the Sichuan provincial people's hospital on Tuesday. Nucleic acid testing found all three family members positive for coronavirus.

They have been put under quarantine and authorities are going all out to conduct epidemiological investigations and trace their close contacts.

Chengdu has launched an emergency response plan for epidemic control and prevention. 

Meanwhile, the mainland on Tuesday also saw 31 new imported cases, the commission said. Of the new cases, 16 were reported in Yunnan, three each in Fujian and Guangdong, two in Sichuan, and one each in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Shandong, Hubei, Shaanxi and Gansu.

No new suspected cases or deaths related to COVID-19 were reported, the commission said. The number of suspected COVID-19 cases stood at four.

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By the end of Tuesday, the total number of confirmed cases on the mainland reached 92,762, along with 87,264 recoveries. The toll remained at 4,636

There were 862 patients still receiving treatment, 22 of whom were in severe conditions, the commission said.

By the end of Tuesday, a total of 7,317 imported cases had been reported with no deaths. 

Overall, the total number of confirmed cases on the mainland reached 92,762, along with 87,264 recoveries. The toll remained at 4,636.

Also on Tuesday, 18 new asymptomatic cases were reported. There were a total of 426 asymptomatic cases, of whom 411 were imported, under medical observation.

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By the end of Tuesday, 11,979 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 212 deaths, had been reported in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), 59 cases in the Macao SAR, and 15,599 cases, including 787 deaths, in Taiwan.

A total of 11,705 COVID-19 patients in the Hong Kong SAR had been discharged from hospitals following recovery, 53 in the Macao SAR, and 12,664 in Taiwan.  

More than 1.58 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered on the mainland by Tuesday, the commission said.