Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill join Cobra meeting

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    First Minister Arlene Foster is in London for an emergency Cobra meeting on coronavirus, chaired by the prime minister.

    Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill dialled into the meeting.

    Five more people were diagnosed with coronavirus in Northern Ireland on Sunday, bringing the total number of people with the virus in NI to 12. 

    Health officials are tracing people who may have been in contact with the latest cases.

    The Cobra meeting was called to decide whether to bring in measures to delay the spread of coronavirus in the UK.

    It was expected to consider whether “social distancing” measures should be phased in. These could include banning of big events, closing schools and encouraging home working.

    Meanwhile, two more cases were confirmed in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total number there to 21. One of the patients has an underlying condition and is seriously ill.

    Health officials said both cases were community transmissions and did not involve people who had returned recently from at-risk areas.

    Another two cases were confirmed in Wales on Monday morning, bring the UK total to 280.

    Read more at BBC News

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