UK coronavirus cases rise to 19 as fears of global crisis grow

Boris Johnson to chair emergency Cobra meeting after first patient reported in Wales

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK has increased in the past 24 hours to 19, including the first reported in Wales, as it was announced Boris Johnson is to chair a meeting of the emergency Cobra committee.

The three cases confirmed on Friday came within a day of three other positive tests for the Covid-19 virus, including the first case in Northern Ireland.

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