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|In the Wuhan hospitals visited by AFP, people queue up in long lines to see a doctor. The wait is so long that some have brought their own chairs AFP/Hector RETAMAL|
The commission did not disclose the total number of deaths from the newly identified virus, which stood at 1,310 on Thursday.
Of the new deaths, 88 occurred in the provincial capital of Wuhan, where the flu-like virus is believed to have originated late last year.
A further 4,823 cases had been detected in Hubei, taking the total in the province to 51,986. Over four-fifths of the province's new cases were in Wuhan.
The daily toll rose by a record of more than 240 on Thursday after the commission began counting cases diagnosed through new clinical methods, fuelling concern that the epidemic is far worse than being reported.
But the World Health Organization moved to calm fears, saying the new numbers did "not represent a significant change in the trajectory of the outbreak".