Figures show the number of flu deaths in the UK this winter is almost three times higher than last year.
Another 35 people were killed last week. Since the beginning of October, 120 people have died from flu-related symptoms in the country, compared with 45 in 2016-17.
More than 30,000 people visited GPS last week for influenza-like illness, an increase of more than 9,000 from the first week of January, according to figures released Thursday by the royal bank of England’s education agency.
However, the public health ministry in England says that while the flu has been the most severe and unpleasant cause since the winter of November 2010, it is still not an epidemic.
Last week, 598 people were hospitalized with the flu, 198 of them seriously ill, requiring intensive care or highly dependent unit treatment. However, both figures are lower than in the previous week.
In the first two weeks of this year, all four domestic flu patients also experienced a sharp rise and turned to general practitioners for help.
In England, 21 out of every 100,000 people did so in the last week of December. However, this figure more than doubled to 53.1 in the week to January 14, according to PHE data collected.
A PHE analysis of gp consultations also shows that in wales the proportion almost tripled from 16.7 to 4.99 in the same two weeks. However, the share of the population in Scotland and Northern Ireland has continued to rise sharply, at 44.9 to 114 per 100,000 people and 22.7 to 65.2 per 100,000 people.
Millions of people who have not been stimulated by the winter flu outbreak, including those at risk of infection, have greatly increased their attractiveness.
York is England’s leading local authority and has the highest proportion of flu cases, according to PHE. Last week, 109.3 out of every 100,000 people visited their gp because of infection. Hereford (102.5), somerset north (95.3), Chester west of Cheshire (87.8) and Northumberland (83.2) were next.
Professor Paul Cosford, President of PHE medical school, said: “in terms of admission, this is the most important influenza season since the winter of 2010/11 and the pandemic season before 2009, although it is not an epidemic.
“We’re seeing mixed type of flu, including the popular in the UK and Australia last winter A (H3N2) strains, and A (H3N2) strains particularly affect the elderly age group and more susceptible to damage.”
At least 100,000 patients will have to wait behind ambulances for at least 30 minutes this winter because of overcrowding in emergency rooms, according to new performance data from the national health service.
The 104,987 patients sent to UK hospitals were trapped in ambulances or spent more than half an hour near the hospital (including the corridor) near A&E. Paramedics reported that in some cases in recent weeks they had to wait hours in the car.
Saffron Cordery, director of policy and strategy for NHS providers who represent the hospital, said the NHS trust fund was still working hard and lacked the trust and information needed by staff, despite a “slight easing last week”. The worst of winter may not be here. ”
Meanwhile, ambulance services did not seek outside help during the Christmas rush. More than 20 ambulances waited too long in eastern England and died, Labour MPS said.
In the house of Commons, senator Clive Lewis of south Norwich highlighted what he called “particularly serious problems” related to ambulance services in the east of England through procedural questions.
The NHS received funding from the sustainable development and transformation fund in 2016-17. The national audit office said on Friday it had set up a structure to survive with less money after 2017-18.
The costs of the national health service come at the expense of these costs, auditors have found, increasing the willingness of governments to prepare for future financial crises.