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First new coronavirus death outside Hubei reported

2020-01-24 HKT 02:24
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Mainland authorities reported on Thursday the first death outside Hubei, the central province where a new Sars-like virus epidemic is believed to have originated.

The health commission in northern Hebei province, which borders Beijing, said in a statement that an 80-year-old man diagnosed with the new virus died on January 22.

The death in Hebei increases the total death toll in China from the virus to 18.

The respiratory virus is thought to have originated at a market in Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei province. (AFP)