The death toll from China's new coronavirus epidemic rose to over 1,500 on Saturday after 139 other people died in Hubei Province, the epicenter of the outbreak.
The provincial health commission also reported 2,420 new cases of the COVID-19 strain, about half of the previous day.
At least 1,519 people have now died from the outbreak, which first occurred in Hubei's capital Wuhan in December and led to a nationwide epidemic a month later.
More than 66,000 people are now infected, with most of the deaths occurring in Hubei.
The magnitude of the epidemic swelled this week after the authorities in Hubei changed their case counting criteria and added thousands of new patients to their list.
Cases that have been "clinically diagnosed" by lung imaging are now counted in addition to the cases that have been shown to be positive in laboratory tests.
The revision added nearly 15,000 patients to Hubei on Thursday, with the World Health Organization finding that cases from weeks ago were counted retrospectively. Over 4,800 cases were reported in Hubei on Friday.
According to authorities, 1,716 medical workers were infected during the outbreak, six died from the disease.
Most infections among health workers were found in Hubei's capital, Wuhan, where many lacked the appropriate masks and equipment to protect themselves in hospitals that had to deal with a flood of patients.
The grim numbers come a week after grief and public rage broke out over the death of a whistleblowing doctor who was reprimanded and silenced by the Wuhan police after he triggered the virus alert in December.