The novel coronavirus outbreak is under control and the general situation is improving after no new cases were registered in 14 of China’s 34 provinces and autonomous regions, the country’s health commission deputy leader said Friday.

Zeng Yixin, National Health Commission deputy director, said in a press conference in Beijing that daily deaths are however still "at a high level" and must be taken seriously in Hubei province, where the outbreak is linked to fish markets in its capital, Wuhan. EFE-EPA