Coronavirus news – live: EU escalates continent-wide warning as UK government admits virus sweeping country is ‘inevitable’ amid new infections and rising global death toll

Boris Johnson will say there is “little doubt” the coronavirus will present a “significant challenge” for the UK as he chairs a Cobra meeting to discuss the government’s response to the outbreak.The health secretary, Matt Hancock, has warned it was now “inevitable” the deadly virus would “become endemic” in the UK as 13 more cases of Covid-19 were announced, bringing the total number to 36. The Cobra meeting will bring together senior ministers and the chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance. Work will also start in the “war room” in the Cabinet office as experts come together to respond to public concerns about the spread of the virus.

Coronavirus news – live: EU escalates continent-wide warning as UK government admits virus sweeping country is ‘inevitable’ amid new infections and rising global death toll
Boris Johnson will say there is “little doubt” the coronavirus will present a “significant challenge” for the UK as he chairs a Cobra meeting to discuss the government’s response to the outbreak.The health secretary, Matt Hancock, has warned it was now “inevitable” the deadly virus would “become endemic” in the UK as 13 more cases of Covid-19 were announced, bringing the total number to 36. The Cobra meeting will bring together senior ministers and the chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance. Work will also start in the “war room” in the Cabinet office as experts come together to respond to public concerns about the spread of the virus.