The commission has recorded 830 confirmed cases nationwide since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus was first reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) by Chinese officials on Dec. 31 in Wuhan city, the capital of central China’s Hubei Province.
Only the Tibet and Qinghai autonomous regions have not reported cases.
The commission said 177 infected people are reportedly in serious condition.
According to reports, 24 of those who died were living in Wuhan.
The virus has spread to major cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, but the number of cases in Hubei alone has reached 444.
Authorities in Wuhan said the activities of all tourism agencies have been suspended.
It also announced that the opening dates of schools have been postponed.
The virus is similar to the virus related to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
Airport and train stations in Wuhan were closed to outgoing passengers Thursday while public transportation was suspended in the city.
As of Wednesday, the virus had been detected in one person in Hong Kong and one in Macao.