Chinese mainland reports 26 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 66 new asymptomatic cases
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Customs officers prepare to lead inbound passengers to get off the plane at Capital International Airport in Beijing, capital of China, March 18, 2020. (File photo: Xinhua)

Chinese health authority said on Friday it received reports of 26 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland on Thursday, among which 11 were domestically contracted and 15 were imported.

The Chinese mainland registered no deaths and three suspected cases on Thursday.

According to the National Health Commission, 52 people were discharged from hospitals after recovery, while the number of severe cases decreased by six to 89.

As of Thursday, the mainland had reported a total of 1,549 imported cases. Of the cases, 670 had been discharged from hospitals after recovery and 45 were in severe condition, said the commission.

Also on Thursday, 66 new asymptomatic COVID-19 cases were reported on the mainland, including three imported ones. The commission said 1,038 asymptomatic cases were still under medical observation, including 206 from abroad.