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EIGHTof the 10 worst-hit regions for swinefluare inthecapital Doctorswarnoutbreakcouldkill65,000 ....inaxxxxxx MostWanted This weeks fastest selling tickets... 1 Pearl Jam The O2 (18 Aug) 2 The Ashes The Oval (20-24 Aug) 3 U2 Wembley Stadium (14 & 15 Aug) 4 Green Day The O2 (23 & 24 Oct) 5 Coldplay Wembley Stadium (18 & 19 Sep) 6 Backstreet Boys The O2 (10 Nov) 7 Andrea Bocelli The O2 (24 Sep) 8 Beyonc, right, The O2 (14 & 16 Nov) 9 Ben & Jerrys Sundae On The Common Clapham Com (25 & 26 July) 10 Michael McIntyre The O2 (2 & 3 Nov) Chart compiled by Seatwave swine flu is currently affecting younger people at a higher rate than adults. As Tower Hamlets has a young population and relatively high population densities, it is to be expected that we would have higher rates of flu-like illness. The spokesman added: Doctors, nurses and receptionists are working very hard to meet this demand. We have opened an anti-viral collection point and we are ensuring that people who need to take anti-viral drugs, such as Tamiflu, are quickly able to access them seven days a week. We are reporting pressures on the NHS in Tower Hamlets on a daily basis to NHS London and the Department of Health. NEW figures today reveal the extent of Londons swine flu epidemic. Eight of the 10 worst-hit areas in the country are in the capital, with some boroughs seeing levels three times higher than epidemic ratings. Tower Hamlets has the highest level of the virus in the country, with 1,360 people coming down with flu-like symptoms last week -- a rate of 758 in every 100,000. Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson described the situation in Tower Hamlets as extraordi- nary. City and Hackney, Islington and Newham are all in the top five worst-hit primary care trusts in the country. But Kensington and Chelsea, Richmond and Havering have some of the lowest rates in the capital. Sir Liam confirmed that the situation was showing no signs of slowing down, adding: In a growing number of hotspots the activity is absolutely intense. We dont think it is tailing off in London. A spokeswoman for NHS London said: It is quite normal at this stage of an epidemic to see differ- ences across geographical areas and we would expect this to even out over time. All primary care trusts across London have been preparing for some time for a flu pandemic and have procedures in place to ensure that patients are given the neces- sary treatment. A spokesman for NHS Tower Hamlets said: Across the country PEOPLE will be able to get hold of Tamiflu without speaking to a doctor from as early as next week. Patients with flu-like symptoms will be able to use a new phone line and website. Sir Liam Donaldson announced the launch of the National Pandemic Flu Service, which is expected to open by the end of next week. The phone number has not yet been announced. Up to 2,000 call- centre staff are being brought in to answer calls, and patients will be asked questions about their symptoms. If they are deemed to have swine flu they will be given a reference number and they must then pass this to a flu friend who can go to a designated Tamiflu distribution point on their behalf to get their medication. A similar service will be available online. It means they will no longer have to phone their GP or NHS Direct, which is being overwhelmed by calls. Sir Liam admitted that the system could be open to abuse, but said: We do trust the public, and we will be giving advice on the dangers of taking medication when you dont need it. Figures show number of cases (rate per 100,000) Barnet 352 (134) Bexley n/a Brent 316 (135.7) Bromley 145 (50.2) Camden 392 (207.9) City & Hackney 383 (392.3) Croydon 148 (88.4) Ealing 291 (141) Enfield 192 (177) Hsmith & Fulham 107 (107.6) Haringey 138 (112.2) Harrow 329 (183.5) Hillingdon 274 (128.5) Hounslow 190 (102.3) Islington 520 (305.6) Ken & Chelsea 47 (45) Kingston 7 (47.3) Lambeth 235 (161) Lewisham 467 (265) Newham 747 (293) Redbridge 181 (198.1) Rmond & Twkham 5 (39.1) Southwark 199 (220.8) Sutton & Merton 194 (122.6) Tower Hamlets 1360 (758) Waltham Forest 89 (109.4) Wandsworth 212 (92.8) Westminster 108 (94.2) Barking and Dag 143 (212.8) Havering 5 (13.3) Week commencing 13 July Source: QSurveillance, which monitors 3,300 GP surgeries across the country for the Department of Health Greenwich 122 (199.8) HOW THE EPIDEMIC IS SPREADING THROUGH CITY BY MARK BLUNDEN could be as many as 65,000 deaths during the outbreak. A national flu telephone helpline planned for the autumn has been rushed forward. The pregnant woman, who died on Monday, is one of four new swine flu deaths in the capital. Her relatives are said to be looking after her five other children. London is experiencing epidemic levels of the illness and is the worst-hit area in the country. The youngest victim is the baby under six months who died at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead. The other latest cases include a 70- year-old man who died at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel on Tuesday and another adult patient who died at St Thomas in south-east London last Friday. All had serious underlying health conditions but tested positive for swine flu. A mass will be held in Strood on Tuesday for the seven-year-old boy from English Martyrs School who died on Wednesday. Another three deaths are also being investigated. Speaking after the announcement of the new London deaths, Andy Wapling of NHS London, said: We would like to reassure people that NHS London is well- prepared. Anyone who needs help will receive it. Continued from Page 1 Killer bug: medics say the outbreak is intense LONDONSGROWINGNUMBEROFVIRUSHOSTSPOTSREVEALED index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html