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Subject: London swine flu cases up by 95

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/19/09 at 12:04 am

Ninety-five new swine flu cases have been confirmed by the Health Protection Agency (HPA), taking the total number of cases in the capital to 289.

A healthcare worker from Royal Free hospital in Hampstead, north London, and an employee at Canary Wharf branch of Waitrose were among the new cases.

A hospital spokesman said the female worker fell ill at work on Wednesday.

Waitrose said in a statement their worker had not been into the store for nine days and was making a recovery.

There are currently 1,752 confirmed cases of swine flu across the UK.

'Good recovery'

A Waitrose spokesman said: "A partner at our Canary Wharf branch has been confirmed as having contracted swine flu.

"The partner, who has not been into the branch for nine days, has been treated with Tamiflu by their GP and is making a good recovery."

The supermarket branch had remained open following advice from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) and the World Health Organisation.

The spokesman from Royal Free Hospital said the healthcare worker was sent home as soon as she reported feeling unwell and has not been back at work. She was recovering at home.

The spokesman added that all those who came in contact with her have been asked to report any symptoms but no-one has come forward yet. Her job involved having contact with patients.

The hospital received the results of the tests on Thursday.

Over the past two days, 13 primary school children from three schools were confirmed to have contracted the H1N1 virus.

Two pupils at Bentworth Primary School in west London tested positive for the flu.

Eight Year Six students and a teacher from Immanuel and St Andrew Church of England Primary School in Streatham fell ill after a trip to Surrey.

Three other boys from Year Seven at The Hall School in Belsize Park contracted the flu after returning from a school trip to Normandy.

The schools have remained open on the advice of the HPA.

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