UPDATE 1-China reports 691 new COVID cases on July 16, up from 547 a day earlier


(Adds new borders in Lanzhou and Chengdu.)

BEIJING, July 17 (Reuters) – Mainland China reported 691 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, including 154 symptomatic and 537 asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said on Sunday.

That compares with 547 new cases a day earlier – 129 symptomatic and 418 asymptomatic infections, which China counts separately.

Of the new cases, 580 were locally transmitted, the highest since May 23. Most were discovered in Guangxi and Gansu.

Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu, announced on Sunday that its main city districts would extend the temporary lockdown for another seven days until July 24.

The southwestern city of Chengdu, which reported 7 local cases as of 4:00 p.m. (0800 GMT) on Sunday, closed some of the entertainment businesses such as bars and karaoke venues and rolled out capacity limits in restaurants, cinemas and gymnasiums.

A negative COVID test result within 48 hours will also be required for people to leave town from 6 p.m. Monday, the local government said.

The Chinese capital, Beijing, reported another day with no new infections.

Shanghai’s financial hub reported 26 new local cases on Saturday, including one case found outside quarantine zones, according to the local government.

As of Saturday, mainland China had confirmed 227,426 cases. China reported no new COVID deaths, leaving the death toll at 5,226.

(Reporting by Stella Qiu, Hongwei Li and Ryan Woo; Editing by William Mallard)


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