A third person outside of mainland China has died after contracting coronavirus.
According to AFP, an 80-year-old woman in Japan died on Thursday, following two previous deaths in Hong Kong and the Philippines.
Speaking at a news conference, Japan health minister Katsunobu Kato said the victim, who is unnamed, was living in Kanagawa prefecture, which borders Tokyo.
The woman first developed symptoms on 22 January and was admitted to hospital on 1 February with suspected pneumonia.
But her respiratory condition deteriorated on 6 February and she was transported to another hospital.
As her condition worsened, the woman, who had no record of overseas travel, was tested for coronavirus on Wednesday.
Mr Kato said: “The relationship between the new coronavirus and the death of the person is still unclear.
“This is the first death of a person who has tested positive.
“She was suspected of being infected with the coronavirus so ... testing was conducted. Her positive test result was confirmed after her death.”
The news comes as the death toll in China rises to 1,355.
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About 242 deaths occurred in Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus, on Wednesday, while the number of infected across China has risen to nearly 60,000.
The Philippines confirmed the first death outside the Chinese mainland on 2 February, a 44-year-old Chinese national from Wuhan.
Hong Kong reported the second death two days later, a 39-year-old man who had travelled to Hubei.
Meanwhile, cruise ship the Diamond Princess is quarantined in a Japanese port with scores of cases of coronavirus.
At least 65 people have tested positive for Covid-19 on board the ship, which is docked at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama.
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