China reports 49 new coronavirus cases vs 24 a day earlier

FILE PHOTO: People wearing masks following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak walks past a creative cluster 751D PARK in Beijing, China October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Mainland China reported 49 new COVID-19 cases on Nov. 2, from 24 a day earlier, the national health authority reported on Tuesday.

The National Health Commission said in a statement 44 of the new cases were imported infections originating from overseas.

The commission also reported 61 new asymptomatic cases, compared with 30 such cases reported a day earlier. China does not classify symptomless patients as confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The total number of confirmed cases in China now stands at 86,070, while the death toll remains unchanged at 4,634.

Reporting by Engen Tham and Wang Jing in Shanghai; Editing by Kim Coghill