Ebola death toll rises to above 2,600

More than 2,600 people have now died from Ebola, the World Health Organisation said.

The organisation reported more than 5,000 cases across west Africa, describing the crisis as "unparalleled in modern times".

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Foreign Secretary to chair Cobra meeting on Ebola

The Foreign Secretary will today chair a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee to discuss the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa.

Philip Hammond said the Government was treating it as a "serious threat" although it is not believed any British nationals have yet been affected by the virus.

Philip Hammond will chair a Cobra meeting on the Ebola virus later. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

He told BBC Radio 5Live: "We do have to treat this as a serious threat, I will be chairing a Cobra committee later on today to look at the impact of the outbreak of the virus."

"What we need to do to protect British citizens abroad in the area any steps that we need to take to ensure that the UK remains safe."

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