Mainland China reported 16 new COVID-19 cases on November 20, down from 17 the previous day, with seven cases of local transmission and nine cases originating overseas, the country’s health authority said on Saturday.
The National Health Commission said in its daily bulletin that five of the local transmissions took place in Tianjin and two in Shanghai.
Tianjin, which neighbours the capital Beijing, will launch a three-day universal screening programme covering nearly 3 million of its residents on Saturday.
Local officials said on Friday that one community in Tianjin had been placed in lockdown and around 1 900 people have been quarantined, according to the China Daily newspaper.
Mainland China also reported another 18 cases of asymptomatic cases on November 20, up from 14 on the previous day.
It has so far reported an accumulated total of 86 414 COVID-19 cases, with the official death toll at 4 634.