Norovirus cases up 83%

The number of confirmed cases of norovirus is 83% higher than last season, according to the latest figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

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Birmingham hospital closed to visitors due to virus

Birmingham City Hospital is closed to visitors due to an outbreak of the norovirus, a hospital spokesperson has confirmed. Three wards are also shut as staff conduct a deep clean.

The spokesperson said that members of the public who have diarrhoea or vomiting symptoms should seek treatment from their GP rather than attending the hospital's A&E department.

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Norovirus hit cruise ship returns to Southampton

A passenger walks around the P&O cruise ship Oriana
A passenger walks around the P&O cruise ship Oriana Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The P&O cruise ship Oriana has returned to its home port of Southampton after a ten day voyage around the Baltic sea.

Several passengers were confined to their cabins after they contracted the Norovirus on board the vessel.

The Heath Protection Agency says that some 68,000 people have caught the virus over the past week.

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Six passengers showing norovirus symptoms on cruise ship

In a statement P&O Cruises confirmed there are currently six passengers with symptoms of norovirus:

"Oriana is currently on a 10-night Baltic cruise which departed from Southampton on December 4. There are 1,843 passengers on board, the number of passengers with active symptoms today is six (6) (0.3%). Enhanced sanitation protocols have already been implemented.

"These comprehensive disinfection protocols have been developed by P&O Cruises in conjunction with UK and US public health authorities. The safety and comfort of passengers and crew is always our number one priority.

"As is currently standard procedure across our fleet, all the ships passengers were provided with a precautionary health notice advising of widespread Norovirus activity and the health measures to avoid contraction and spread, both on board and whilst ashore."

The luxury P&O liner, Oriana
The luxury P&O liner, Oriana Credit: Press Association

Norovirus sufferers on cruise ship confined to cabins

The cruise ship Oriana Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Health measures have been put in place on the cruise ship Oriana to prevent the spread of norovirus.

Suffering passengers have been asked to isolate themselves in their rooms and not leave the boat for day trips.

More than 150 passengers are thought to have contracted the stomach bug, ITV Meridian reports.

A spokeswoman for P&O Cruises said that six people on board have active symptoms today, but she was not able to confirm how many people have been affected in total.

Any medical charges incurred as a direct result of the outbreak will be covered by the company, the spokeswoman confirmed.

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