In commemoration of the martyrs and deceased compatriots, national flags flew at half-mast across the country and in all Chinese embassies and consulates overseas, and public recreational activities were suspended nationwide Saturday.
At 10am (Chinese time) on Saturday, Chinese people nationwide were scheduled to observe three minutes of silence to mourn for the deceased, while air raid sirens and horns of automobiles, trains and ships to wail in grief.
People stand along a street during a national moment of mourning for victims of the coronavirus, in Beijing, on Saturday.
In total, there were 1,030 asymptomatic cases, patients who tested positive without showing any symptoms, still under medical observation.
No new cases of the coronavirus have been registered in the province of Hubei, where the city of Wuhan - the epicenter of the pandemic - is located.
Hubei has so far reported 67,803 confirmed cases, including 50,008 in Wuhan.
The first group of martyrs includes 12 medics, one police officer and one community worker who fought on the frontlines.
The Chinese flag was at half-mast across the country on Saturday as citizens paid silent tribute to more than 3,300 people in the mainland who died from coronavirus.
Chinese officials earlier said that over 3,000 medical personnel contracted the disease.
Premier Li Keqiang (李克強), and other Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leaders were present at the Beijing event.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) termed the coronavirus outbreak as pandemic on March 11.
Wuhan banned all tomb-sweeping activities in its cemeteries until at least April 30, curtailing one of the most important dates in the traditional Chinese lunar new year calendar which usually sees millions of families travel to tend to their ancestral graves, offer flowers and burn incense.
On Friday, China registered 29 new imported cases of COVID-19 and two cases of internal transmission in the last 24 hours, with 4 new death due to the illness.