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Winter vomiting bug hits Britain

Britain is in the grip of a winter vomiting outbreak which has already seen many thousands fall victim to the debilitating virus.

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Winter bug cases up 52 per cent

  • The number of confirmed reports of the virus - where samples have been sent by hospitals or GPs to laboratories for tests - is up 52 per cent on last year.
  • There have been 1,975 cases since July - compared to 1,301 this time last year.
  • However, this is a just a tiny fraction of the real number because the vast majority of victims do not report their symptoms to their GP.
  • In addition, there have now been 53 outbreaks at NHS trusts across the country.
  • This includes 45 hospitals which have been forced to close off wards and find space for patients elsewhere while they carry out a deep clean of the wards.

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