– spokesman, department of health
The NHS is well prepared for the increase in winter related health problems which are typical at this time of year.
Our weekly published figures show the number of beds closed across the NHS due to norovirus symptoms is around two per cent.
This compares to 2.9 per cent of beds that were closed during the peak of norovirus cases last winter.
The number of confirmed cases of norovirus is 83% higher than last season, according to the latest figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA).