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Biggest jump in swine flu cases

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Two more swine flu patients have been admitted to hospital

A further 83 new cases of swine flu have been confirmed in Scotland - the highest daily increase so far.

The jump was more than the number of new cases in England, Wales and Northern Ireland which had a combined total of 73 new cases confirmed.

The Scottish Government said 74 of the new cases were in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area, while a further two people have been admitted to hospital.

The total number of confirmed cases in Scotland now stands at 420.

Among these were two new cases in Fife, one in Forth Valley, one in Grampian, three in Highland and two in Lanarkshire. The Grampian case, which involves a 23-year-old man, was the first to have been confirmed in the area.

Five more schools have been closed, and there are now 11 people being treated in hospital after two new admissions in Fife and Glasgow. Neither is giving cause for clinical concern.

'Mild symptoms'

The closed schools are Drumoyne Primary, Nethan Street Nursery and St Roch's playschool, all in Glasgow, along with Glenfield Nursery and St Paul's Primary, both in Paisley.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: "We are continuing to see a rise in cases of swine flu all across the world and Scotland is not isolated from that.

"We are however one of the best prepared countries in the world and, as in every other country, the vast majority of people are experiencing relatively mild symptoms.

"It is also reassuring that we are seeing the number of cases in NHS Highland, which includes the Dunoon cluster, reducing. This gives cause for cautious optimism that this local outbreak may be coming to an end."

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