British PM to hold emergency meeting on coronavirus

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will on Monday chair an emergency assembly on coronavirus as the government mulls greater stringent measures to tackle the outbreak.

Britain to date reported three deaths and 278 cases of the new coronavirus. The country’s largest retailer, Tesco, has confined bulk shopping for of products such as anti-bacterial gels and wipes, dried pasta and long-existence milk.

“The wide variety of coronavirus instances continues to rise within the UK and across the world,” Johnson said. “We are well organized and will keep to make selections to defend the public primarily based on the modern scientific advice.”

The new coronavirus, which emerged in China in December, causes a disease called COVID-19. It has unfold around the world, infecting greater than 106,000 people and 3,600 human beings have died worldwide, in line with a Reuters tally.

Britain’s emergency scientific institution agreed closing week that the virus was in all likelihood to unfold in a significant manner and the government will decide on Monday whether to transport to the so called “put off phase” of its plan.

As some British supermarket shelves were emptied of basics along with toilet paper, the British government stated it had installation a group to address “interference and disinformation” around the unfold of coronavirus.

British culture secretary Oliver Dowden there were no plans to shut museums, artwork galleries or concert halls, or to order wearing activities to be canceled or played in the back of closed doors.

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