Mainland China reported 69 new COVID-19 situations on Saturday (Jan 9), more than double the 33 reported cases a day earlier, the country's national wellness authority said on Sunday.
The National Health Commission said in its daily bulletin that 21 of the brand new cases were imported.
The majority of locally transmitted cases, 46 out of 48, were in Hebei, the province surrounding Beijing which entered "wartime mode" this week since it battles a new cluster of coronavirus infections.
Another 27 asymptomatic situations were also reported in Saturday, down from 38 a day previous. China does not classify these clients, who have been infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus that triggers the disease but are not but showing any COVID-19 symptoms, as confirmed situations.
Mainland China has now reported an accumulated total of 87,433 confirmed coronavirus cases, with 4,634 deaths.