China reports 990 new COVID cases for September 18 versus 1,189 a day earlier

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China reported 990 new COVID-19 infections for Sept. 18, 147 of which were symptomatic and 843 asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said Monday.

That compares with 1,189 new cases a day earlier – 154 symptomatic and 1,035 asymptomatic infections – which China counts separately.

There were no new deaths, as there were the day before, leaving the number of fatalities in the country at 5,226.

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By September 18, mainland China had confirmed 248,326 cases with symptoms.

The Chinese capital Beijing reported no local symptomatic cases and asymptomatic cases, as it did a day earlier, according to local government data.

The Shanghai financial center reported zero local symptomatic and three asymptomatic cases, compared with no symptomatic and asymptomatic cases the day before, local government data showed.

China’s southern tech hub, Shenzhen, which had eased anti-virus containment measures after a strict lockdown for most residents, reported no new locally transmitted COVID-19 infections, compared with two a day earlier.

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The southwestern metropolis of Chengdu reported two new locally transmitted COVID-19 infections, compared with five a day earlier, local government data showed. The city is returning to normal after the recent severe lockdowns.

(Reporting by the Shanghai editors; Writing by Bernard Orr; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)