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THE number of people with swine flu in the UK DOUBLED last week to 100,000 cases.
There are now 840 people in hospital with the virus and 63 in intensive care
The new data comes as a website and telephone helpline service for victims of swine flu were launched today.
Within just minutes of the website going live it was flooded by millions of worried Brits - causing it to crash.
Visitors trying to get an online diagnosis were given the message: "The Service is currently very busy and cannot deal with your request at this time. Please try again in a little while."
Most of those hospitalised are aged 16 to 64, with 435 cases, followed by the under-fives, with 169 cases.
Among those aged over 65, 149 people are in hospital and there are 87 cases among young people aged five to 15.
Tower Hamlets in East London continues to have the highest number of GP consultations in the UK for people with flu-like illness.
It is seeing 792 consultations per 100,000 people, followed by Islington in North London with 488 consultations per 100,000.
Other badly affected parts of England include Greenwich, South East London, Leicester, and Telford & Wrekin, Shropshire.
The Government's National Flu Pandemic Service for England is being staffed by more than 1,500 call centre staff, with the option of recruiting 500 more.
The initial 1,500 will be capable of more than 200,000 calls a day — or more than one million calls a week.
People can also fill out a questionnaire online to receive a diagnosis of swine flu.
They supply their name, address and date of birth either online or to a call centre member of staff before receiving a code.
A "flu friend" can then use the code to pick up the antiviral Tamiflu from a collection point on the patient's behalf, using a form of identification from the patient.
More serious cases such as pregnant women, people with health conditions and very young children will still be referred to GPs.
The free phone number will be up and running for 15 hours a day initially but it could become a 24-hour service if required.
Originally posted by Charis
the PTB having bioengineered the virus
the National News was giving the story about 5 minutes on their evening broadcast,
Originally posted by MadDogtheHunter
I just heard on the news, that the WHO says theres about close to 140,000 confirmed cases of H1N1 worldwide.
WHO flu chief Keiji Fukuda said evidence from previous pandemics suggested even a few million cases could be seen relatively early in the pandemic.
He added that the sharp spike in cases in England - a doubling in the past week to 100,000 new cases - was consistent with what they expected.