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Swine flu cases rise again

By Lilian Anekwe

The number of people diagnosed with swine flu in the last week has risen by over 50%, the latest figures show.

78,000 cases of swine flu were recorded in the last week, up from 53,000 last week – an increase of 56%.

97 deaths have been confirmed from swine flu in England since the outbreak began, chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson said.

The rising number of cases emphasises the importance of the swine flu vaccination programme, Sir Liam added, and earlier today RCGP chair Professor Steve Field vowed not to let the ongoing postal strike affect general practice's ability to invite patients in for appointments.

‘There may be some delays in people getting the vaccine, but GPs and patients are pretty resilient and we will find a way,' Professor Field said.

‘I think many will telephone patients if they have to or even email or text them to invite them for vaccination. Most GPs still expect to complete the vaccination of the priority groups within the two months the government had originally forecast.'

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