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Fit to fly airlines step up swine flu restrictions

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Fit to fly airlines step up swine flu restrictions


British airlines have increased restrictions on suspected H1N1 carriers.

BA along with Virgin Atlantic have told check-in staff to alert doctors if any passengers show signs of the virus. Britain is the worst-hit country in Europe, with 55,000 new cases reported last week. British authorities have confirmed that so far 29 people infected with swine flu have died, as officials estimate that a third of the population will fall ill. Parts of Northern France close to Channel crossings with Britain, have seen a upsurge in new cases over the last week, while Italy has warned it may put back the start of the new school year. Across the EU millions are at risk. The EU Health Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou claims that around 60 million people across the EU are in high risk groups. The pandemic shows no sign of slowing, with Egypt reporting its first death on Sunday. New cases have also been confirmed in Morocco and Russia. To date around 430 people across the globe have died as result of the flu.

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