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Cases of flu in Britain DOUBLE within a week to TWO MILLION

Thursday 10/January/2019 - 11:24 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
Cases of flu in Britain have doubled in the space of a week، official figures released today have shown، as the Daily Mail said.

Health bosses warn this winter's influenza outbreak is now beginning to take hold، after weeks of little activity.

Cases have increased by 85 per cent within the space of a week in England، while there has been a 55 per cent in Wales.

While flu has risen by 139 per cent in Scotland and 50 per cent in Northern Ireland over the same time frame، data has revealed.

Nearly two million people are now showing signs of the flu، according to estimates as experts warn it could pile more pressure on a stretched NHS.
Health authorities across England، Scotland، Northern Ireland and Wales monitor rates of flu in their own country.

They track the number of flu symptoms reported in GP consultations in a weekly report، published by Public Health England.

Each country sets its own criteria on what is an epidemic، based on how often flu symptoms are reported per 100،000 patients.

None of the home nations have yet to reach epidemic levels، however England and Wales have just crossed into the 'low' threshold.
Health authorities across England، Scotland، Northern Ireland and Wales monitor rates of flu in their own country.

They track the number of flu symptoms reported in GP consultations in a weekly report، published by PHE.

Each country sets its own criteria on what is an epidemic، based on how often flu symptoms are reported per 100،000 patients.

None of the home nations have yet to reach epidemic levels، however England and Wales have just crossed into the 'low' threshold.

The PHE report also delves into excess deaths - how many more people die than expected - to give a rough estimate of flu deaths.

None of the countries have crossed this mark yet. The data shows 41 people have died from flu in intensive care units across the UK so far this year.

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