Hubei: The death toll in the deadly coronavirus outbreak in China and other parts of the world has reached 904, CNN reported citing Chinese authorities on Monday.

The number of infected people globally has now hit the 40,000 mark. According to the country's health officials, the number of people who died from coronavirus in Hubei Province, has risen to 871.

"As of 24:00 on February 9, Hubei Province reported a total of 29,631 cases of new coronavirus pneumonia, including 16,902 cases in Wuhan. 22,160 patients are still being treated in hospitals. 73,127 people remain under medical observation," read the statement from the Chinese Regional Health Committee.

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Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has sent an international expert mission led by Dr Bruce Aylward to China on Monday.

"I've just been at the airport seeing off members of an advance team for the @WHO-led 2019 nCoV international expert mission to China, led by Dr Bruce Aylward, a veteran of past public health emergencies," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO wrote on Twitter.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared a global health emergency in the wake of the outbreak.

The novel coronavirus was first detected in China's Wuhan city in late December and has since spread to more than 25 countries.

On Sunday, the new coronavirus even surpassed the fatalities caused by the SARS epidemic in 2003, with the death toll reaching 811 in China alone.