In its daily update, the province Hubei's health commission also reported 1,933 new cases while at least 70,400 people have now been infected nationwide.
A taxi driver died from COVID-19 in Taiwan, officials say marking first such death on island and fifth fatality outside mainland China from an epidemic that IMF says could damage global growth.
More than 68,000 people have now been infected in China from a virus that emerged in central Hubei province in December before spreading across the country and some two dozen countries.
France reports Europe's first death from new virus –– a Chinese tourist from Hubei province –– while WHO hails Beijing's efforts for having "bought the world time."
The National Health Commission also reported 2,641 new cases of the COVID-19 strain, with the vast majority in hard-hit central Hubei province.
China reported 121 more deaths and 5,090 new confirmed cases. Meanwhile, a WHO official said the spike in the number of cases reported does not represent a significant change in the trajectory of the outbreak.
The death toll in China's novel coronavirus outbreak leaps by a record 254 to 1,367, and the total number of nationwide infections reach nearly 60,000 after the adoption of new methodology for diagnosis.
Companies like iPhone maker Foxconn to car manufacturer BYD have come forward to make protective gear as Xhina grapples with a shortage of medical equipment to prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading.
President Xi Jinping touts "positive results" from efforts to contain coronavirus epidemic but warns country "must not relax" its efforts as death toll climbs to 1,113.
The Chinese president donned a face mask and had his temperature checked while visiting medical workers and patients affected by the deadly coronavirus that has killed at least 1,011 people.
While the spread of the novel coronavirus outside China appears to be slow, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warns it could accelerate.
Another 86 people died from the virus, according to the national health commission, with all but five in hard-hit Hubei province, where the disease emerged in December.
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