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The Chinese mainland reported 40 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, including 39 in Jiangsu and one in Liaoning, the National Health Commission said.
China's National Health Commission reported 40 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases on Sunday, including 39 in Jiangsu and one in Liaoning, in its daily report on Monday.
36 new imported cases were also detected, with 18 in Yunnan, eight in Guangdong, five in Fujian, two each in Inner Mongolia and Henan, and one in Beijing, according to Xinhua.
Meanwhile, the Chinese government has reacted angrily to international speculation that COVID-19 originated in China, insisting that it "had numerous roots and broke out in multiple regions."
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China slammed the World Health Organization's (WHO) second-stage plan to investigate the origins of COVID-19, calling it "a product of political manipulation."
COVID-19 has had a huge effect on people's lives and livelihoods all across the world.
More than 4 million people have died as a result of the virus, which has also infected 193 million others around the world.
During the same time period, more than 610,000 COVID-19 deaths were reported in the United States.
The pandemic has also wreaked havoc on the global economy.
Its consequences include a steep drop in global gross domestic product and a significant decline in global trade in 2020.
(With inputs from agencies)