BEIJING, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- China's daily new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus pneumonia outside Hubei, the epicenter province of the outbreak, have dropped for 15 consecutive days, according to the National Health Commission Wednesday.

A total of 56 new confirmed cases were reported on Tuesday outside Hubei, a 15th consecutive day drop since Feb. 3, showed figures released by the commission.

A total of 890 new cases were reported outside Hubei on Feb. 3.

The commission said it received reports of 1,749 new confirmed cases on Tuesday from 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, including 1,693 in Hubei.