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More schools close as swine flu takes hold of UK

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More than 50 cases of swine flu have been confirmed in the United Kingdom - 50 in England and five in Scotland - according to the latest figures released by the Department of Health. A few of the new cases are children who contracted the virus prior to schools closing last week. Two more schools have closed due to suspected cases, although exams will take place as planned. A Department of Health spokesperson said all cases had been diagnosed and treated early, which has helped reduce the severity of the symptoms. "But we must not be complacent: it is right to prepare for the possibility of a global pandemic," she added. "The UK's arrangements are continuing to ensure that we are well-placed to deal with this new infection." Another 384 suspected cases are being investigated.

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