Mainland China reports 16 new COVID-19 cases vs nine a day earlier

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Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Shanghai

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Mainland China reported 16 new COVID-19 cases on Dec. 2, up from nine cases a day earlier, the country's national health authority said on Thursday.

The National Health Commission said all of the new cases were imported infections originating from overseas. The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, rose to six from three a day earlier.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China now stands at 86,567, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.

(Reporting by Jing Wang and David Stanway, writing by Se Young Lee; Editing by Himani Sarkar)