Thursday, 20 August 2009
Latest swine flu figures
The latest swine flu figures continue to show a drop in the number of new cases (but there are still new cases). In the last week there have been 11,000 confirmed new cases in England (it was 25,000 the previous week). There have been 1,793 cases confirmed in Scotland - the full report is online. Curiously the BBC news on Radio 2 talked about 54 deaths in England to date - poor old Scotland being left out again. In fact it is 59 deaths so far for the UK. The map shows the cases across Europe - it is explained fully on the website of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control but shows the UK suffering worse than any of our European neighbours. Why? There have been 73 deaths across Europe - 59 of those in the UK. The USA has reported 477 swine flu deaths. Australia has reported 128 deaths.