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London patient has new virus

An artistic interpretation of 'Sars' H5N1 which is related to this latest virus Credit: Wong Maye-e/AP/Press Association Images

A severely-ill patient who recently travelled to the Middle East has been diagnosed with a new respiratory virus. The Health Protection Agency said the 49-year-old, who is in intensive care in a London hospital, is the second confirmed case. The first died in Saudi Arabia in the past few months.

Professor John Watson, head of the respiratory diseases department at the Health Protection Agency said:

"In the light of the severity of the illness that has been identified in the two confirmed cases, immediate steps have been taken to ensure that people who have been in contact with the UK case have not been infected, and there is no evidence to suggest that they have"

Met warns of fake computer unit scam

The fake message claims to be from the Met's e-crime unit. Credit: Metropolitan Police

The Metropolitan Police has warned computer users not to be tricked by a fake online message which claims to be from the Met's Police Central e-Crime Unit. A virus causes computers to lock with a message telling the user that they must pay £100 to unlock it.

The Met is warning users not to pay out or enter their bank details. Similar scams have appeared in several other countries.