China vice premier says Hubei virus control improving, situation still severe

BEIJING (Reuters) – Efforts to prevent and control the coronavirus in China’s Hubei province have made progress but the situation remains severe, Chinese Vice Premier Sun Chunlan said on Wednesday, according to state-run CCTV.

Authorities in Beijing are urging both Hubei and its city of Wuhan – which is at the centre of the outbreak – to strengthen checks on patients with fever, the broadcaster said.

(Reporting by Hallie Gu and Tom Daly; Editing by Andrew Heavens)