Prime Minister to chair COBR [Cobra] meeting on the coronavirus outbreak
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will today (Monday 2 March) chair a meeting of the government emergency COBR [popularly referred to as COBRA by the media] committee on the coronavirus outbreak.
The Committee will discuss, finalise and sign off a battle plan containing a detailed set of countermeasures.
The Prime Minister will tell the meeting, which will be attended by senior ministers as well as Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Advisor:
“The number of coronavirus cases around the world is rising every day – and the UK is no exception.
There now seems little doubt that it will present a significant challenge for our country.
But we are well prepared, and the government and the NHS will stop at nothing to fight this virus.
This battle plan lays out in detail the measures we could use – if and when they are needed.
COBR has been meeting regularly on this issue since January and will be held as often as needed.”
As the number of cases in the UK is expected to rise, the action plan will help ensure Government is doing everything it can and can adapt quickly to changing circumstances.
The UK government says that over the the past few days, the Prime Minister has been in regular contact with the Chief Medical Officer and Cabinet Ministers at the heart of monitoring and responding to the virus here in the UK, including the Health Secretary and Foreign Secretary.
A ‘war room’ will also be up and running in the Cabinet Office, bringing together communications experts from across government and the NHS to roll out the public information campaign and respond quickly to cross-cutting issues
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