The number of deaths from the new Chinese coronavirus epidemic rose to 2,000 on Wednesday after 132 more people died in Hubei province, the severely affected epicenter of the outbreak.
In its daily update, the provincial health commission also reported 1,693 new cases of people infected with the virus.
The total number of cases in mainland China is over 74,000.
Most of the cases are in Hubei, where the virus first appeared in December before a nationwide epidemic occurred.
The increase in Wednesday's deaths was up from Tuesday's, although the number of new cases reported in Hubei was the lowest in a week.
A study published by Chinese officials claimed that most patients have mild illnesses.
Outside of the hardest hit Hubei, which has been effectively banned to contain the virus, the number of new cases has slowed, and China's national health agency has said this is a sign that the outbreak is under control.
President Xi Jinping said in a phone call to the British Prime Minister that China's measures had "made visible progress" on Tuesday, according to state media.
However, the World Health Organization has warned that it is too early to say whether the decline will continue.
On Tuesday, the director of a hospital in central Wuhan, Hubei, was the seventh medical worker to develop COVID-19.