While 17 of them died in and around Wuhan, one death was reported from outside Hubei — the virus epicentre.
According to the health commission in northern Hebei province, which borders Beijing, an 80-year-old man diagnosed with the new virus died on January 22.
The victims’ average age was 73, with the oldest 89 and the youngest 48.
So far 631 cases have been confirmed in 25 provincial-level regions in the country.
The government has sealed Wuhan and Huanggang, a prefecture-level city with over 7.4 million people, in an unprecedented effort to curb the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus.