The number of new swine flu cases in England nearly doubled last week to an estimated 100,000.
The figures were revealed as a national online and telephone service was launched to help speed access to anti-viral drugs for infected patients. It is aimed at easing the pressure on the National Health Service and especially family doctors. But there are fears Tamiflu could be given out from special distribution points to people who don’t need it. Calls centres are not staffed by medical professionals and DIY diagnosis via a website could be open to abuse. For now the service is only available in England. The worst hit country in Europe, at least 30 people have now died of HINI swine flu in Britain as a whole.