Britain convenes emergency response meeting on new coronavirus

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will convene an emergency response meeting on Friday to discuss measures to contain a virus that has killed 26 people and infected more than 800 in China, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said.

The so-called Cobra meeting will be chaired by Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the new coronavirus an emergency for China but stopped short of declaring the epidemic of international concern.

Reporting by William James and Andrew MacAskill; writing by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Stephen Addison


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