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Reuters reports that China has recorded two new coronavirus cases for May 20, down from five a day earlier, the National Health Commission (NHC) reported on Thursday.

One of the new cases was a local transmission, in Shanghai, and one was a so-called imported case involving a traveller from overseas, the commission said in a statement. China also reported one imported case the previous day.

The NHC reported 31 new asymptomatic coronavirus cases, up from 16 a day earlier.

The total number of COVID-19 infections in China to date now stands at 82,967. The death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.

Key notes

  • China reports 2 new coronavirus cases in mainland as of end-may 20 vs 5 a day earlier.
  • China reports 1 new imported coronavirus cases in mainland as of end-may 20 vs 1 a day earlier.
  • China reports 31 new asymptomatic coronavirus cases in mainland as of end-may 20 vs 16 a day earlier.

The news comes today as global coronavirus cases have surpassed 5 million. It is evident that Latin America is overtaking the United States and Europe, reporting the largest portion of new daily cases globally.

  • For an update, and rather a pessimistic outlook for the global economy and financial markets, see here: Global COVID-19 update: Global cases surpass 5 million, financial markets taking it in their stride