Sir Liam Donaldson: "In the last few days the numbers don't seem to be increasing so much"
The number of new swine flu infections in England has doubled in the past week, the government says.
There were an estimated 100,000 new cases with the under 14s the worst hit.
It comes as the National Flu Service was launched, offering sufferers access to drugs on the phone and via the internet without the need to see a GP.
Calls have already started flooding in and in the first few hours the website was receiving 2,600 hits a second - or 9.3m an hour.
The government also released new details about deaths.
The latest death toll stands at 26 - the same as last week - but the Department of Health has reclassified the way it counts mortality.
While there has been a number of swine flu deaths in the past seven days, some of last week's total has been discounted after an investigation by the government suggested swine flu had not contributed to their death.
No breakdown of when and where the people died is being given.
THE PANDEMIC FLU SERVICE
People in England can phone 0800 1 513 100 or log on to www.direct.gov.uk/pandemicflu
The network of call centres is being staffed by 1,500 people to start with working from 8am to midnight
They are using a checklist to diagnose swine flu and can issue a voucher number if drugs are required
The public is also able to use the website to fill in the checklist and get access to the drugs that way
Sufferers are still able to go direct to GPs and the under ones, pregnant women and those with underlying health conditions should all contact a doctor if swine flu is suspected
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