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Breaking News 5:34pm UK, Thursday June 11, 2009 The World Health Organisation has declared a swine flu pandemic, raising its alert level to the maximum of six.
It is the first global pandemic for 41 years. The virus first emerged in Mexico in April and has now spread to 74 countries with a reported 27,000 cases and 141 deaths.
It will also raise questions about why the step was delayed for weeks as the virus continued to spread.