BEIJING (Reuters) – China will step up prevention and control of asymptomatic coronavirus cases, state media reported on Monday, quoting a meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang.

The government will strengthen screening, quarantine and treatment for coronavirus cases, including people who were in close contact with confirmed or asymptomatic coronavirus patients, it said.

China will also investigate asymptomatic coronavirus cases via researching on samples from seriously affected regions, it said.

(Reporting by Colin Qian and Norihiko Shirouzu, editing by Louise Heavens)