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Mainland China reports 19 new COVID-19 cases

People wearing face masks line up for nucleic acid testing in Qingdao
People wearing face masks line up for nucleic acid testing in Qingdao

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China reported 19 new coronavirus cases in the mainland for Oct. 19, up from 13 cases a day earlier, the health commission said on Tuesday.

All of the new infections were imported, the National Health Commission said in a statement.

China reported 24 new asymptomatic patients, compared with 33 a day earlier.

As of Monday, mainland China had 85,704 confirmed coronavirus cases, the health authority said. The COVID-19 death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.

(Reporting by Andrew Galbraith and Wang Jing; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)