Tokyo: With the death toll from Coronavirus in China crossing over 1, 000, Japan on Thursday reported its first death from the novel virus.

This time, it was the woman in her 80s whose life was claimed by the COVID-19, the official name of the disease as designated by the WHO.

“The relationship between the new coronavirus and the death of the person is still unclear,” news agency AFP reported the country’s health minister as saying.

“This is the first death of a person who tested positive.”

Meanwhile, Chinese authorities on Thursday said the overall toll due to the deadly coronavirus outbreak in the country has reached 1,367, with 52,526 confirmed cases, after Hubei province, the epicentre of the epidemic, registered the largest one-day increase in infections and deaths

The deaths and cases due to the COVID-19 were reported by the end of Wednesday in 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps in China, Xinhua news agency quoted Mi Feng, a spokesperson with the National Health Commission, as saying.