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462 cases of Zika-linked virus confirmed in Brazil

More than 400 cases of microcephaly, a condition linked to the Zika virus, have been confirmed in Brazil and thousands more are being investigated.

The country said it had 462 confirmed cases of microcephaly, a birth defect where a baby's head is smaller than expected when compared to babies of the same sex and age.

It is investigating a further 3,852 cases of the condition.

Police: Eight girls hurt in collision outside school

Six of the eight girls injured in the collision outside a school in Liverpool sustained serious injuries, police have said.

Merseyside Police said seven girls, aged 11-13, and a 16-year-old girl were taken to hospital after they were in collision with a car outside Belvedere Academy.

A force spokesman said none of the of the injuries are described as critical or life-threatening.

Six of the girls were taken to hospital for treatment for serious injuries including a head injury, a fractured hip and broken arms and legs.

Two others, including the 16-year-old, were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The Academy earlier confirmed six of its students were involved in the collision. It is not known whether the two other girls who were injured were pupils at the school.

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School: Six students in hospital after collision

Police at the scene following the collision Credit: PA

The principal of Belvedere Academy has confirmed six of its students were taken to hospital after a collision outside the school in Liverpool.

Peter Kennedy issued a statement to parents on the school's website after the collision earlier this afternoon.

He said the students had been taken to hospital after suffering injuries "some quite serious but not life-threatening."

Dear Parents

Unfortunately there was a serious accident outside the Academy at approximately 3.20pm this afternoon.

Six of our students sustained injuries, some quite serious but not life-threatening.

The Emergency Services were on the scene very quickly and dealt efficiently with the situation.

All of the injured students have been taken to hospital where they are being treated.

We will keep you updated as and when we receive further information.

– Peter Kennedy, Principal

North West Ambulance Service said two further people, including a 17-year-old and an eighth person, were treated following the incident.

The 17-year-old was taken to hospital with minor injuries while the eighth person was discharged at the scene.

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