WUHAN, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- China's Hubei Province, center of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, reported 4,823 new confirmed cases on Thursday, local health authorities said Friday.

Nearly 1,500 people have now died nationwide and more than 64,000 have been infected after Hubei's health commission reported the new numbers.

The commission said the adjustment in the calculation has been made to give those who have been clinically diagnosed the timely standard treatment of confirmed cases.