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An aerial view shows people lining up at a nucleic acid testing site during the second round of mass testing for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), after local cases of the Omicron variant were detected in Tianjin, China January 12, 2022. — China Daily via Reuters
An aerial view shows people lining up at a nucleic acid testing site during the second round of mass testing for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), after local cases of the Omicron variant were detected in Tianjin, China January 12, 2022. — China Daily via Reuters

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BEIJING, Jan 16 — China reported 119 new confirmed Covid-19 cases for Jan. 15, down from 165 a day earlier, its health authority said today.

Of the new infections, 65 were locally transmitted, according to a statement by the National Health Commission, compared with 104 a day earlier.

The new locally transmitted cases were in Tianjin, Henan, Beijing, Guangdong and Shaanxi, NHC said.

China has reported local cases of the highly transmissible Omicron variant in at least five provinces and municipalities, including first such infection in the capital city of Beijing yesterday, just weeks ahead of the staging of the Olympic Winter Games.

The country reported 52 new asymptomatic cases for Jan. 15, which it classifies separately from confirmed cases, higher than 25 infections a day earlier.

There were no new deaths, leaving the death toll at 4,636.

As of Jan. 15, mainland China had 104,864 confirmed cases. — Reuters

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