The surge brings the total number of deaths in the province to 1,310.
The developments came hours after Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) claimed "positive results" from efforts to contain an epidemic that has now officially killed 1,367 people and infected almost 60,000.
He said it wasn't unprecedented for case definitions to rely on doctors' diagnoses rather than wait for laboratory confirmation, and that these kinds of changes usually happen when there are simply too many patients to process in a fast-moving outbreak. She is the third confirmed fatality outside of mainland China, after deaths in the Philippines and Hong Kong.
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China's Communist Party has replaced the party heads in the coronavirus-stricken province of Hubei and its capital Wuhan, state media said on Thursday, reporting the most high profile officials to lose their posts following the epidemic. There are also 51 cases, with one death, in Hong Kong, and 10 cases in Macao, which are both special administrative regions of China.
Thursday's changes follow the sacking of two top health officials in Hubei on Tuesday, the Communist Party secretary and director of the province's health commission.
Ira Longini, a part-time adviser to the World Health Organisation, has estimated there could eventually be billions of more infections than the current official tally of about 60,000.
Dr Tedros also praised Cambodia for taking in the Westerdam, a USA cruise ship that had earlier been turned away from ports in Japan, Thailand and Taiwan despite having no sick patients on board.
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Another cruise ship, the Westerdam, finally docked in Cambodia after being turned away by several Asian and Pacific governments.
A team of health officials will board the ship to conduct health checks on the 1,455 passengers and 802 crew members before they will be allowed to disembark.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen greeted the passengers with handshakes and bouquets of roses as they stepped off the ship and boarded a waiting bus.
The rise in China's reported cases on Thursday reflected a decision by authorities there to reclassify a backlog of suspected cases by using patients' chest images, and is not necessarily the "tip of an iceberg" of a wider epidemic, a top World Health Organization official said on Thursday.
US President Donald Trump praised China over its response and said Washington was working closely with Beijing. "We're a little disappointed in the lack of transparency coming from the Chinese, these numbers are jumping around. there was some surprise", he told reporters.More news: Landmark case says Aboriginal Australians cannot be deported
A Vietnamese health official wearing a protective suit amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak sprays disinfectant on a motorcyle at a checkpoint in Son Loi commune in Vinh Phuc province on Thursday.