Mainland China reports eight new coronavirus cases, two in Beijing

China has reported seven new asymptomatic patients.
China has reported seven new asymptomatic patients.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China recorded eight new coronavirus cases for Saturday (July 4), up from with three a day earlier, the national health authority said on Sunday, while city officials in Beijing said nearly all the cases in a recent outbreak in the capital were mild.

Of the new cases, six were imported and two were in Beijing, which has been scrambling to quash an outbreak traced to a massive wholesale market in the city early last month.

In Beijing, 47 per cent of the 334 confirmed cases since June 11 were staff at the Xinfadi market, Ms Pang Xinghuo, a senior Beijing disease control official, told a media briefing on Sunday.

Of all the cases in the city since then, 98 per cent were "mild and normal", she said.

Mr Xu Hejian, spokesman of the capital city told the briefing the new coronavirus situation in Beijing was "stabilising" and "controllable", but transmission risks remain.

Also on Sunday, China reported seven new asymptomatic patients, up from four a day earlier.

As of Saturday, mainland China had 83,553 confirmed coronavirus cases, the health authority said. China's death toll from the Covid-19 remained 4,634, unchanged since mid-May.