TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_The number of new deaths on Sunday rose 97, the NHC said in a statement on its website, another daily record increase.
The central Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, earlier on Monday reported 91 deaths on Sunday, while in the provincial capital, Wuhan, 73 people had died.
The number of new confirmed infections on mainland China on Sunday increased, after declining on Saturday for the first time since February 1.
Across mainland China, there were 3,062 new confirmed infections on Sunday, bringing the total number so far to 40,171.
On Saturday the virus passed the total 774 deaths recorded globally during the 2002-2003 pandemic of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
The virus, which has spread to two dozen countries, has killed some 2% of more than 37,550 cases worldwide, with 99 percent of infections in China, WHO figures show.