China reports 17 new coronavirus cases in mainland on August 18 vs 22 a day earlier

People wearing face masks walk down steps near a subway station, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Beijing

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China reported on Wednesday 17 new coronavirus cases in the mainland for August 18, down from 22 the day before, the health authority said.

All of the new infections were imported cases, the National Health Commission said in a statement, making it the third straight day of zero new locally transmitted infections. There were no new deaths.

China also reported 14 new asymptomatic patients, compared with 17 a day earlier.

As of August 18, mainland China had a total of 84,888 confirmed coronavirus cases, it said. China's death toll from the coronavirus remained unchanged at 4,634.

(Reporting by Winni Zhou and Engen Tham in Shanghai; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)