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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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No arrests following collision outside school

Police have spoken to the driver of the yellow Peugeot Credit: PA Wire

There have been no arrests following a collision in which a number of schoolchildren were injured outside a school in Liverpool, police have said.

Merseyside Police said they have spoken to a driver in her 80s following the collision involving a yellow Peugeot outside Belvedere Academy as part of an ongoing investigation.

No arrests have been made and no one has been taken into custody following the incident, a force spokesman said.

He said six girls, aged between 11 and 13, from the school had been taken to hospital following the collision.

A 17-year-old and an eighth person were also treated after the incident. It is not yet known whether they were students at the academy.

No children in life-threatening condition after collision

Police divert traffic at the scene Credit: ITV Granada

None of the children involved in a collision with a car outside a school in Liverpool are believed to be in a life-threatening condition, Merseyside Police have said.

None of the injured children are believed to be in a life-threatening condition in hospital. Further updates regarding each child's condition will be issued shortly.

– Merseyside Police
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