Mainland China reports 19 new COVID-19 cases

Medical worker collects a swab from a woman for nucleic acid testing, in Qingdao
Medical worker collects a swab from a woman for nucleic acid testing, in Qingdao

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China reported 19 new coronavirus cases in the mainland for Oct. 19, up from 13 cases a day earlier, the health commission said on Tuesday.

All of the new infections were imported, the National Health Commission said in a statement.

China reported 24 new asymptomatic patients, compared with 33 a day earlier.

As of Monday, mainland China had 85,704 confirmed coronavirus cases, the health authority said. The COVID-19 death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.

(Reporting by Andrew Galbraith and Wang Jing; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)