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The flu outbreak gripping Britain killed 26 more people last week and is starting to take hold in hospitals, officials figures revealed today.
Public Health England, which compiles reports on flu activity in the UK each week, says the death toll now sits at 68.
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The new data shows cases of flu have risen again since last week, with jumps of up to 40 per cent across the home nations. Wales is currently being hit the hardest.
Health bosses warn this winter's influenza outbreak is now in motion and is expected to pile pressure on an already-stretched NHS.
Rates - Illness - England - Scotland - Wales
Rates of the common illness have more than doubled in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland during the first two weeks of January.
Figures released today by PHE showed the number of people GPs and hospitals seeing patients with a flu-like illness jumped by a third in a single week.
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There are now an average of 21 people per every 100,000 seeing a GP in Britain for symptoms resembling flu.
However, the figures are down on the same week last year, when there were 53.1 per 100,000 in England – England currently has a rate of 19.2 per 100,000.
Flu - Impact - Hospital - Admissions - Impact
This suggests flu is having a 'moderate impact on hospital admissions, and a high impact on intensive care units and high dependency unit admissions', PHE said.
Throughout the last week there were 237 admissions to intensive care or high dependency units for flu.
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The figure is higher than in the same week in the previous five years, with the death toll for week three also the highest.
A total of 26 people died, up from 17 in the same week last year, believed to have been one of the deadliest flu outbreaks since the 1970s.
Wales - People - Illness - PHE
In Wales, which is seeing the most people diagnosed with the illness, there are what PHE...
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