Security officials in face masks march in formation near Tiananmen Gate in Beijing. The death toll in the outbreak of a new coronavirus has now risen to at least 106. [Mark Schiefelbein/AP Photo]

The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in China has soared to 106 on Tuesday with nearly 1,300 new cases confirmed authorities said, as the infection that emerged in the central province of Hubei late last year continues to spread.

The health commission in Hubei, the epicentre of the outbreak, said 24 more people had died from the virus and 1,291 more people had been infected, raising the total number of confirmed cases to more than 4,000 nationwide.

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