Boris Johnson will chair an emergency COBRA meeting on Tuesday morning in another sign that new lockdown-style measures are on the way.

It will be the first Cobra (which stands for Cabinet Office Briefing Room A) meeting since the height of the pandemic four months ago.

He will also phone the first ministers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and brief Cabinet on his latest thinking ahead of the meeting and a press conference.

It comes after scientists warned the UK could be seeing 50,000 new cases of coronavirus a day by mid-October if efforts aren’t taken to control the disease.

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The significance of a Cobra (which stands for Cabinet Office Briefing Room A) meeting is that it is usually called ahead of significant decisions being taken.

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