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Britain ‘on the brink of tackling swine flu’

11th September 2009

Britain is close to tackling the swine flu epidemic that threatens to sweep across the country this autumn, it has been claimed.

According to Sir Liam Donaldson, the chief medical officer of the Department of Health, the death toll of the H1N1 virus is relatively low compared to previous virus outbreaks.

“I think we are tantalisingly close to being able to win the battle against the pandemic virus,” he stated. “In [the] past, we have had to take whatever it has thrown at us”.

However, he added that there is expected to a be a surge in the number of swine flu cases over the coming months and said that the NHS is on standby to double the number of beds it currently has available.

Last week, scientific advisors to the government revised their predictions that 65,000 people could die from swine flu in the coming months and lowered the number to around 20,000 in a worst-case scenario.

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