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Independents' Day

Big jump in swine flu as 61 new cases confirmed

By Steve Nowottny

61 further cases of swine flu have been confirmed in England today, bringing the total number of cases in the UK to 339.

The Health Protection Agency said there had been a rise in the number of cases across the country, with 17 new cases in reported in the South East, 13 in London and further cases in all but two regions of England. A further 23 cases were confirmed in Scotland yesterday, while the HPA continues to investigate 282 potential cases.

Earlier this week the HPA began running tests for swine flu regionally rather than centrally, in a move it said would speed up the reporting of cases.

Globally the World Health Organisation has now recorded 17,410 swine flu cases and 115 deaths across 62 countries.

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