Wuhan virus: China's Hebei province confirms first death outside epicentre of virus outbreak

Workers produce face masks at a factory in Handan, in China's northern Hebei province.
Workers produce face masks at a factory in Handan, in China's northern Hebei province.PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's Hebei provincial health authority said a patient infected with the new coronavirus has died, marking the first confirmed death outside Hubei province where the outbreak began.

The Health Commission of Hebei Province said in a statement dated Thursday (Jan 23) that the patient, 80, died on Wednesday but was not confirmed to have been infected with the virus until Thursday.

The death toll from the outbreak now stands at 18.