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Independents' Day

28 swine flu cases as schools close

By Steve Nowottny

The number of confirmed cases of swine flu in the UK has risen to 28, the Health Protection Agency announced today.

A further 333 possible cases are still under laboratory investigation, while globally, the World Health Organisation said that 1,124 cases have been confirmed across 21 countries.

Five schools across England – three in London, one in Devon and one in Gloucestershire - have been closed as a precaution after confirmed cases in pupils.

And starting from today, households across the country will begin receiving leaflets with information on swine flu and advice on how to prevent spreading infections.

However, most reported cases outside Mexico continue to result in only mild illness, and the Mexican Government are reportedly due to allow restaurants, libraries, museums and churches to reopen later this week after a fall in the number of new cases.

Follow the Pulse swine flu tracker

For the very latest on the swine flu outbreak, and a live map of reported incidents, go to Pulse's swine flu tracker, which will continue to be updated throughout the day.

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