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China recorded 19 new cases of coronavirus on the mainland on Monday, the country’s National Health Commission (NHC) announced Tuesday.

Out of the new cases, 11 were imported and eight were locally transmitted. The local cases include seven from Beijing, along with a case from Shanghai. No new deaths were reported.

The capital continues to post new cases despite local officials last week calling an outbreak at a wholesale food market “basically contained.”

In addition, four new asymptomatic cases were reported by the NHC. Currently 99 asymptomatic patients are under medical observation.

China has, to date, registered 83,531 coronavirus cases, with 4,634 deaths.

A total of 78,469 patients have been discharged so far, the health agency said.

This comes as 400,000 residents in Anxin County, Hebei province have been placed under new lockdown measures amid a small increase in cases.

Anxin, a relatively rural and sparsely populated county, is located around 90 miles (145 km) south of Beijing, which had seen a spike in coronavirus cases linked to the Xinfadi market in the past two weeks.

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