In its daily update, figures from the health commission in Hubei, which has been hit hardest by the virus, also showed a sharp increase in confirmed infections with 3,235 new cases.
That puts the national total at 20 thousand 400, based on numbers previously issued by the central government.
A man has died in Hong Kong from the novel coronavirus, the city's first fatality from the deadly virus and the second outside mainland China.
The 39-year-old patient, who was being treated at a hospital after being infected, died of sudden heart failure.
China's top leadership has admitted to "shortcomings and difficulties" in its response to the coronavirus outbreak, as state media said a new hospital built at breakneck pace began receiving patients in the epicentre of the crisis.
Meanwhile, Japan has quarantined a cruise ship carrying 3,500 people and was testing passengers for the new coronavirus after a passenger who departed in Hong Kong tested positive for the virus.