Swine flu cases fall but deaths increase

Consultations and estimated cases for swine flu fell last week, but the number of deaths from the virus showed a relatively sharp increase, data show.

Sir Liam Donaldson: fall in cases may be due to a half-term effect
Sir Liam Donaldson: fall in cases may be due to a half-term effect

GP consultations for influenza-like illness in England fell to 36 per 100,000, down from 37.7 the previous week. The estimated number of cases last week were 64,000, a 24% decrease on the previous week's figure (84,000).

At a press briefing in London, England's chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson said that officials were still waiting to see whether the fall in cases was due to a half-term effect. Any impact of children being away from school for a week would be expected to have an effect on figures for two weeks, he said.

DoH figures show that there has been a relatively large increase in the number of deaths related to swine flu. As of last week, there had been 182 confirmed deaths during the outbreak, a rise of 28 from the previous week.

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