China reports 77 new COVID-19 cases

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China has reported 77 new confirmed COVID-19 cases for Dec. 21, down from 81 a day earlier, its health authority said on Wednesday.

According to a statement by the National Health Commission, of the new infections, 57 were locally transmitted, unchanged from a day earlier.

Most of the new local cases were in the north-western province of Shaanxi.

China reported 19 new asymptomatic cases, which it classifies separately from confirmed cases, also unchanged from a day earlier.

There were no new deaths, leaving the death toll at 4,636. Mainland China had 100,544 confirmed cases as of Dec. 21.

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